The Tribal Eye

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Culture Documentary narrated by David Attenborough and published by BBC in 1975 - English narration

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This DVD release features Sir David AttenborougH's original 1975 Tribal Art: The Complete Series and includes all seven programmes commissioned for the BBC. Through the series, Sir Attenborough gives viewers a fascinating guide to the world's tribal art traveling to intriguing places and tribal communities.

Sir Attenborough's love of tribal art grew out of his early programme-making days at the BBC and took him to all corners of the world. From his first trips he accumulated souvenirs and eventually became a serious collector of tribal art. This series was commissioned shortly after he resigned from his job as Director of Programmes. He believed there was room on television for totem poles and masks as well as old master paintings. The resulting lavish series examined sculpture, weaving, metal casting and other artistic activities in tribal societies around the world.

[edit] Behind The Mask

Studies the Dogon people of Mali, their sculpture and ritual ceremonies.

[edit] Crooked Beak Of Heaven

Presents potlatch a colorful event staged by Northwestern American Indians.

[edit] Sweat Of the Sun

Few of the beautiful golden artifacts of the Aztecs and Incas are left today. Most of them were melted down by the pillaging Spanish conquistadors. But some exquisite pre-Columbian art still exists, and narrator Sir David Attenborough describes how these were used by priests in practical and ritual fashion, including human sacrifice.

[edit] Kingdom Of Bronze

At the turn of the century Europeans refused to believe that the craftsmen of the Nigerian Kingdom of Benin could have made such sophisticated and beautiful bronze castings. This program traces the history of Beni and Yoruba bronzes, and examines the techniques used in making them, and the results. We see the beautiful and elegant portrait busts, plaques and standing figures which read as impressive chronicles of the elaborate court life under the autocratic Obas of Benin.

[edit] Woven Gardens

n a wonderful combination of beauty, function and tradition, the rugs of the Gashqai Nomads of Iran perfectly mirror their lives. Wool is gathered from sheep, goats and camels. Dyes are made from juices of plants along their caravan routes. Then the jogging of the pack animals, bearing the looms with unfinished rugs, gives the weave its beautiful irregularity. And they are used against the cold, the wind, and as saddle bags and grain sacks.

[edit] Man Blong Custom

This program takes us on a perilous journey to the jungle-covered mountains of the New Hebrides to witness the sacred ceremonies performed in the village cult house. Life size effigies, the heads of which are human skulls fleshed out with clay, dance as cavorting puppets in funeral ceremonies. Then we journey to the neighboring Solomon Islands and examine their magnificent war canoes, their sea spirit dances, and an anthropological phenomenon, Moro.
This island mystic arose to say that the gods of the island wished the people to send the foreign Christians back home and once again worship the ancients.

[edit] Across The Frontiers

Sir Attenborough summarizes his exploration of tribal ways as seen through tribal arts. He notes the loss of custom and tradition with the inroads of western civilization and a new awakening of ancient tribal culture among many people today from the Tribal Eye Series.

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  • Total Size (MB) ....: 744.80 MB
  • Total Streams ......: 2 Stream(s)
  • Video Length .......: 00:50:39
  • Video Codec Name ...: XviD MPEG-4 codec
  • Video Bitrate ......: 1863 KB/s
  • Resolution .........: 720 x 544
  • Aspect Ratio .......: 1.32:1
  • Quality Factor .....: 0.190 B/px
  • Audio Codec Name ...: FAST Multimedia AG DVM (Dolby AC3)
  • Audio Bitrate ......: 192 KB/s (CBR)
  • Channels ...........: 2 Ch
  • Sampling Rate ......: 48000 Hz

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