Dead Birds by Robert Gardner

by Robert Gardner, 1961

[10 parts]

“A cinematographic interpretation of the life of a group of Grand Valley Dani, who are mountain Papuans in West New Guinea (Irian Barat, Indonesia), studied by the Harvard-Peabody Expedition (1961-1963). This film was made by Gardner in 1961, before the area was pacified by the Dutch government. The film focuses on Weyak, the farmer and warrior, and on Pua, the young swineherd, following them through the events of Dani life: sweet potato horticulture, pig keeping, salt winning, battles, raids, and ceremonies.” — Karl G. Heider

Resources:
On Documentary Educational Resources
Robert Gardner’s website

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One Response to Dead Birds by Robert Gardner

  1. Alex says:

    I would love to watch this film, by the way!

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