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Introduction: Vanishing Tribe—Part I (01:49)


Bush Afro-Americans who descend from rebel slaves share the Amazon forest with Amerindians. The tribes who live in self-imposed isolation once defeated European slave traders.

West Africans in South America (03:31)

Dr. Allen Counter and David Evans find a secret history between Indian and African tribes. Both tribes fight against white European slavery and honor Mother Earth.

Suriname, South America (04:57)

The country has a racially varied population of nearly 400,000 people. Carter and Evans meet with chiefs before being allowed into Djuka villages; a dancer performs for the guests.

Amerindian Village (03:08)

Ceremony is an important part of Amerindian culture; Carter and Evans must pass inspection before entering the village. Carter explains Amerindian names for the Djuka and white people, and their fear of whites.

Tribal Medicines (05:12)

Djuka medicine men rely on plants for healing; they are holistic. Counter receives treatment for tendinitis. He traces the roots of medicinal plants to locate their origins.

Village Lifestyle (03:04)

Religion, art, agriculture, naming practices, and food preparation reveal African origins. A strong sense of community typifies the obligation of self-sufficiency. Evans and Counter discuss house building and the villagers' health.

Women and Hunting (04:19)

Djuka women perform a significant amount of work; they sing while harvesting rice. Amerindian women are considered warriors. Amerindians use plant poisons when hunting.

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In this program from Tony Brown's Journal, Harvard professor and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Allen Counter along with Mr. David Evans, explore a primitive culture in Suriname, South America. Dr. Counter was a noted neurophysiologist at Harvard Medical School and he was the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations’ only director until he passed away.

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: BVL167315

Copyright date: ©1985

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