Media Worlds: Part 1

Terrence Turner, Representation, Politics, and Cultural Imagination in Indigenous Video (75-89).

Kayapo are indigenous people in Brazil who often resisted state demolition of their forests. Kayapo have limited resources to video cameras and editing facilities.

Social organization determined who had the video camera. In order to be a leader in the Kayapo, you had to master the Kayapo tradition and modern western Brazilian culture.

How do video change how people remember in an oral culture? Film documents consolidated performances of culture (particular rituals). Video makes the claim more real. An event that has been filmed is more substantial than an event that has not been filmed and thus can be forgotten.


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