Kayapo

Pages: 2 (1448 words) Published: October 21, 2014

Samantha Hass
Cultural Snapshot
Thursday May 3, 2012
Kayapo: Out of the Forest
The documentary Kayapo: Out of the Forest is about Kayapo tribes in Brazil. These tribes come together to unite against an architectural project that may take place on the Xingu River. This architectural project is the building of a dam. The Kayapo are very much against the project because the dam will end up flooding their land. In order to protest the dam, the Kayapo come out of the forest and go to Altamira to protest the dam along with several different tribes native of Brazil. The documentary shows political life with social order. In tribal societies, such as the Kayapo, leadership tends not to be hereditary, but based of leadership skills and qualities. There are no permanent chiefs, but there can be a number of chiefs. The men head the Kayapo and the boys start at a young age to become men. The boys, once they reach a certain age, move out of their homes and move to the men’s house. The men’s house is a hut in the middle of the village; it is surrounded by the other huts and is a place of politics. The young boys must respect and obey the older boys and men. In addition, the men hunt and par-take in war dances. The women have different roles in Kayapo society, but there is a common characteristic among men and women. Similarly, the women and men are both separated by age groups; however, their roles are different. Women in the Kayapo collect plants and food off of trees by cutting them down. In addition, when the women are done collecting the food, they bring it to the men’s house to their kinship and that is where the men eat. The women are know for being tough, but when their leader returns they cry to show their sadness at his absence. The women are allowed to show their displeasure of what the men do or did, but the men do not pay much attention. Also, the women encourage the men to take action. In our society, the men and women are allowed equal rights to...
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