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Title Daritidzé, trainee healer / by Davino Tserewahú
Published Watertown, Mass. : Documentary Educational Resources, [2006]
copyright 2006
Online access available from:
Ethnographic Video Online    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (35 min.)
Series Ethnographic video online, volume 1
Video in the villages series
Video in the villages series.
Summary The Xavante people of Aldeia Nova ask Xavante videomaker Divino Tserewahú to film their Wai'á ceremony, after watching his film Wai'á rini, the Power of the Dream. Elders in Aldeia Nova want to preserve this tough but rewarding ritual. Out in the hot sun all day, for three weeks the young men of the community undergo strengthening physical suffering in order to develop their curative powers. The trial culminates with the men's fainting and being revived by their families; after their initiation the trainees replace their elders as spiritual guardians. "To be a Wa'ia, you have to suffer like this," explains one man. Everyone in the village watches and takes part in the men's ceremony, proud of their sons and brothers
Notes Title from container
Event Originally produced in 2003
Subject Healers -- Brazil.
Xavante Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
Xavante Indians -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Tserewahu, Divino.
Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)