The Last of the Hiding Tribes Series
Return from Extinction
The Panara return to their ancestral forest home.
This film tells the remarkable recent history of the hiding Panara tribe, who are descended from a large tribe known in the 18th century as the Southern Kayapo. They were attacked so often by the Portuguese that they were believed to have become extinct. But they fled into the deepest part of the forest, and killed all strangers on sight.
Directed by Adrian Cowell
A Nomad Film production for Channel Four
With extraordinary footage in the 1960s, we watch as Claudio Villas Boas, and his team from Brazil's Indian Protection Service, make the first patient attempts to contact the Panara before a planned development road exposes them to 'civilization'. Then, in spite of Claudio's efforts, we are witnesses in the 1970s as the tribe is virtually wiped out by diseases contracted when two huge roads opened up their lands to an influx of rubber tappers and gold diggers. With the aid of his brother Orlando, Claudio Villas Boas manages to fly 79 survivors out to the Xingu National Park.
Now twenty years later, the Brazilian government has recognized the legitimacy of the Panara's claim to a half million hectare block of their ancestral homeland, and they are going back home.
Other titles in the series are:
The Fate of the Kidnapper - The cycle of revenge following first contact with the Uru Eu Wau Wau.
Fragments of a People - Frantic efforts to find the Ava-Canoeiro before their land is flooded for a new dam.
Grade Level: 9-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1999
Copyright Date: 1999
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-690-X
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-794-8
"Documentaries do not come better than this."
The (London) Times
"Adrian Cowell's trilogy was 30 years in the making and it's been worth the wait...the denouement plays out like Jacobean tragedy and...is no less gripping."
"A powerful documentary series about the Amazonian Indians, may prove to be one of the last records of their way of life."
(London) Independent on Sunday
"An extraordinary achievement."
"The most successful of the three (programs), both in presenting the story of the people of the Panara tribe...and in placing it in historical, cu
"An eye-opening...story of a lost world and culture that, happily, has an optimistic outcome." Daily Telegraph (London)
Awards and Festivals
Latin American Studies Association Award of Merit in Film
Council on Foundations Film & Video Festival
First Peoples' Festival, Montreal
Forests and Rainforests
Latin American Studies
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ltural and political perspective. It is highly recommended for classroom use in discussions of the current state of indigenous peoples, human rights, and globalization -- particularly in anthropology courses."
Alan Duben, Human Ecology