Indigenous Brazil (01:10)
In this film, Michael Palin will explore the Amazon region from the border with Venezuela to Brasilia. The native population has decreased since Europeans arrived. (This film contains nudity associated with indigenous culture).
Yanomami Tribe (01:50)
Palin lands in a government outpost in the Amazon and gets an archery lesson from locals.
Amazon Culture Shock (01:27)
Palin arrives to the Yanomami village and discovers the tribe lives communally—without Western notions of privacy. (nudity)
Yanomami Welcome Ritual (05:42)
Tribesmen decorate themselves with feathers and ingest psychotropic powder for ceremonial spiritual communication. That evening, Palin puts a mosquito net on his hammock and reads bedtime stories to children.
Exploiting Amazon Tribes (02:13)
In the '80s, illegal gold miners invaded Yanomami land, poisoning rivers and spreading diseases. The Brazilian government took steps to protect the tribe but representatives continue fighting development projects.
Preserving Yanomami Culture (03:20)
Young men play football and the Brazilian government has started a health clinic and a Portuguese school—but tribal elders are wary of Westernization.
Amazon Seringueiros (04:40)
In 1876, Henry Wickham stole native seeds and started Indonesian plantations—bankrupting Brazil's industry by 1920. Palin meets a traditional rubber tapper who has fallen on hard times near Manaus.
Amazon Cetaceans (02:47)
According to local legend, pink dolphins impregnate women along the Rio Negro. Palin helps feed sardines to a family.
Manaus Opera House (02:41)
Palin flies over the Amazon and Rio Negro confluence before viewing the former rubber capital's European style architecture. Some orchestra members are descended from immigrants seeking a better life in Brazil's rainforest.
Amazon River Travel (03:26)
Palin takes a ferry from Manaus to Henry Ford's failed rubber plantation, enjoying hammock "seating" during the 14 hour journey.
Fordlandia Experiment (02:25)
View footage of Henry Ford's rubber plantation under construction in the ‘20s. His plan collapsed as disease struck trees and employees; the site was abandoned in 1945.
Belem Fish Market (04:32)
Palin explores the Gothic style Ver-o-Peso and learns about traditional medicines made from Amazon plants. A shopkeeper tries to sell him "natural Viagra®?."
Amazonian Women (03:22)
Music producer Priscilla explains why women are strong in the region. Palin attends a performance by Gaby Amarantos, who attributes her stage presence to indigenous roots.
Wauja Tribe (05:22)
Palin flies to the Xingu region of the Amazon to meet the colorful indigenous group. Anthropologist Emi Ireland explains a fish ceremony; members record the event to document and preserve their culture. (nudity)
Breakfast in Xingu (04:39)
The Wauja tribe is more modernized than the Yanomami. Ireland explains domestic tasks as women enlist Palin in preparing manioc roots for bread. (nudity)
Wauja Future (02:21)
Men play sacred flutes during a social ceremony. An elder explains the Belo Monte Dam's threats to tribal land and culture.
Brazil's Parliament tries to balance wealth creation and conservation. Designed and built in just 5 years, the capital mirrors the country's economic boom.
Credits: Into Amazonia: Brazil with Michael Palin (00:35)
Credits: Into Amazonia: Brazil with Michael Palin
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