Not content to keep funding expeditions of Westerners to learn about Tanna, in 2007 the National Geographic funded an expedition of five men from Tanna's Prince Philip movement
cargo cult to visit England, stay with families, and eventually meet Prince Philip himself whom they revere as the son of their God. Jimmy, who was a member of the expedition and the narrator for the film has posted the video on his youtube account
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In 2009 the Travel Channel aired Meet the Natives: USA, which brought five men from another group from Tanna to the United States
. Their tribe within Tanna reveres Tom Navy, an American World War II sailor who generations ago had taught the inhabitants to live in peace. The Tanna ambassadors were taken across, visiting five states, and eventually meeting former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell and verifying with him that the spirit of peace taught by Tom Navy lives on in the current U.S. President, Barack Obama. While visiting with a family on Fort Stewart, a US Army Major-General conferred a World War II Victory Medal and an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal upon the chief in representation of the contribution the people of Tanna in World War II. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Be sure to look for Jimmy's responses to questions in the mercifully uncharacteristic youtube comments [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Oct 31, 2011 -
The entire assemblage comprises 14,882 human skeletal fragments, as well as the mutilated remains of dogs and other animals killed at the massacre site -- Sacred Ridge, southwest of Durango, Colo.
when the violence took place, men, women and children were tortured, disemboweled, killed and often hacked to bits. In some cases, heads, hands and feet appear to have been removed as trophies for the killers. The attackers then removed belongings out of the structures and set the roofs on fire.
At least two other separate studies have come to similar conclusions, suggesting the genocide victims at Sacred Ridge belonged to an ethnic group that was different from that of other nearby populations.
posted by orthogonality
on Sep 20, 2010 -
The Virtual Museum of Canada
has funded or collaborated on almost 150 virtual exhibits
, mostly relating to Canadian History and Culture. There is great diversity, among my favourites are Nk'Mip Nation Aboriginal Childrens' Art
from the Inkameep day school (a welcome counterpoint to the residential schools tragedy
), the historic re-photography and soundscapes of Montreal
, Haida Culture documented
, and also compared to Inuit Culture
, Inuit (Eskimo) games
and 3-dimensional (VR) sculpture
, a history of the Canadian Trucking Industry
, a splendid overview of Canadian documentary film making
, Canadian design in the late 20th century
, and the Shipwrecks of Vancouver Island
. There is also a searchable image gallery
. The only thing missing is a historical whodunnit
). All sites available in both French and English, and some in other languages too.
posted by Rumple
on Nov 25, 2004 -
The art of being Kuna
- the Kuna, an aboriginal people living off the coast of Panama, are perhaps most famous for their colorful fabric panels called molas
. The Kuna women
wear these embroidered appliques on blouses. The most prized specimens are those that show some sign of wear, such as fading, distress, or stitch marks, indicating authentic
molas rather than ones produced for tourists. If you'd like to try your hand at making a mola, the 5th grade class at Highland Park
can show you how.
posted by madamjujujive
on Jun 30, 2004 -
The History of the Shuar.
The Jivaro are one of the few native clans in South America who successfully revolted against the Spanish Conquest, but they're more famous for their shrunken heads- this site not only has the history, but also a pretty fascinating gallery. Of course, if you're just interested in the shrunken heads, Doc Bwana's Museum of Shrunken Heads
will most certainly meet your shrunken-head viewing needs. (Probably safe for work, but I wouldn't read it while eating lunch.)
posted by headspace
on Nov 15, 2002 -
Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner
is a spectacular Canadian film offering a rare glimpse into a rich aboriginal culture. It is written and produced by an independent Inuit film company
and cast entirely with native actors
, a settlement of about 1200 people in the Baffin region
where it was filmed. Visually stunning, the story is based on local legend, with elements of stark realism, shamanism, suspense, humor and love. It's no surprise that it's raking in awards. I was spellbound. Can anyone recommend any other films by and about native cultures?
posted by madamjujujive
on Sep 22, 2002 -