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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Primitive Indian tribe of Brazil fast vanishing PAGE S Few areas of today's world have escaped the influence of modern man. And yet, al- though they are fast vanishing, there are cultures remote "havens" undisturbed by man's technology where paople live happily in intimate contact with nature, free from the complexi- ties of oui' time. Such are the Yancinami. a primitive Incltan tribe of the Upper Orinoco River, in Brazil and Venezuela. Known as "the fierce they wear no clothing, hunt with bows and arrows, have no written lan- guage and are semi-nomadic. Theirs is a way of life now dis- appearing from tliis earth, a tribal society offering close kin- ship, sharing, and free acess to the plentiful resources of na- ture. On Monday, May 7 at lO'OO p m., CBC Television's The Na- ture Of Things will present a repeal, telecast of its 1972 hour- long special, Vanishing Peo- ples: Yaiiomami, a look at the unique, ancient ways of this remarkable A vanishing people Widely feared in South America, the Yanomami tribe, with its bizarre traditions and customs, remains one of trie few virtually untouched by civilization. DID YOU KNOW? You can rent roto tillers, lawn e o m b e r i, aerators, lawn rollers, post hole augers, hedge trimmers, chain saws, lawn edgers, wheelbarrows, paint sprayers, camper lacks, e e m en t mixers, cement trowels, ladders, tents, cribs, roMawoys, appliance hand trucks, carpel shampooers, etc., etc., etc. at WARD'S SERVICES LTD. 1712 2nd Ave. S. 328-8775 Open 7-7 ex. Sun. and hoi. One of the few tribes slill waging aboriginal warfare, the Yanorncmi, despite their viol- ence, remain a living example of tribal society based on close kinship and equality. They live in small, isolated communities in the rain forest, and unlike our industrial society, extract only the energy stored in re- newable resources for their daily needs: plants, animals, firewood, and their own mus- cle. The program focuses on daily life in Makoriniioteri, one of over 100 small towns scattered throughout the deep jungle. We see the close family life, with interesting closely-knit family organization and cdd customs. Both men and women manufac- ture items for doily use; every- one chews tobacco; and a wo- man will nurse a child until the age of three, often killing any other balry born during this period for the sake of survival of the fittest. There is a fascinating se- quence of young men making and inhaling Epena, a strong hallucinogenic drug popular with the male members of the tribe for either communicating with the spirits or simply for relaxadon. We see the boys harvesting tree bark, from which Epena is made; drying the scraped mass of the bark over a fire; and finally, in- haling the drug, with its effects lasting .about an hour, after various unpleasant effects oc- curing in the first 10 minutes. The Yanomami suffer no per- manent ill effects from Epena. although many of them use it daily. Staples in the Yanomami diet include bar.anas, plaintain, maize, root crops and peach palm fniit, and agriculture is an important part of their life. We see them occupied with many pas-times: swimming, hunting, fishing, gathering in- sects (bees, grubs and cater- pillars are considered special delicacies) and involved in so- cial activities. There is illness in a family; a chaman (medi- cine nmn) attempts without success to cure a desperately sick child, chanting and gesti- culating throughout the night to drive away evil spirits under a moon then being ex- plored by American astronauts. Vanishing Peoples: Yanoma- mi is an impressive look at primitive man, a last glimpse into tlie final passing of a mil- lion-yoar-old life style. MAKE US AN OFFER DURING CUR A if BRAND NEW TERRA JET TERRAIN VEHICLE Sugq. Rtlail Wholesale COST MAKE AN _ AISO 59 PLYMOUTH WAGON 64 FORD 61 FALCON 66 FORD 65 HOSD WAGON MAKE US AN OFFER 321 13th ST. N. PHONE 328-9444 Tuesday, May 8 0 Let's Make a Deal Q Another World: Q] General Hospital CB Movie: A Matter of Innocence Q Hollywood's Talking 0 Klara's Korner O One Life Q Secret Storm 0 Galloping Gourmet ID Our Lives O Ed Allen Somerset ;