WRITER: JESSICA SNOWDEN
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Oct. 5, 2000
Public is invited to Amazonian video presentations on UI campus Oct. 13,
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Coming attractions to the UI campus include two public
presentations by indigenous Amazonian video maker Caimi Waiasse. He will present
"Reflecting on Reflections: A Native Amazonian Perspective on Indigenous
uses of Video" Friday, Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m. in 114 Macbride Hall on the
UI campus. The presentation will include a screening of his 1996 video, "One
Must be Curious."
Then Monday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. in 101 Samuel Becker Communications Studies
Building, Waiasse will present "Initiating Video-Initiating Men."
The 1999 video documentary, "Wapte Mnhono," will be shown followed
Waiasse is a Xavante Indian from Central Brazil. In 1991 UI anthropologist
Laura Graham initiated him into the use of a video camera and introduced him
to the Sao Paulo based "Video in the Villages" project that supports
indigenous peoples efforts to document their culture and activities
Waiasse produced his first video, "One Must be Curious," in 1996.
In this video he reflects on the impact of the video camera on his community
His second video, "Wapte Mnhono" (1999), was a collaborative endeavor
that involved himself along with two other Xavante Indians and a Suya Indian.
This video is a "native ethnographic documentary" of a three-month-long
initiation ceremony in which adolescent males pass into adult society.
The presentations are sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, International
Programs, department of anthropology and American Indian and Native Studies
Program. For more information contact Laura Graham, department of anthropology,
at (319) 335-0517.
The Latin American Studies Program (LASP) fosters cross-disciplinary teaching
and research on Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The
program uses this "region" as a framework for exploring thematic
issues in the disciplines of anthropology, art, history, political science,
Spanish and Portuguese, and women's studies. LASP offers an undergraduate
certificate and an undergraduate minor in Latin American Studies. Both the
minor and certificate programs address the geography, history, politics, economy,
art, literature, and social organization of the Latin American and Caribbean
In addition to its instructional activity, LASP sponsors lectures, film
series, exhibitions, conferences and round table discussions, works to expand
research and teaching in Latin American Studies, seeks to bring Latin American
scholars to the campus and fosters institutional linkages.
Established in 1978, the program is governed by a steering committee of
faculty whose primary teaching and research interests focus on Latin America.
The Latin American Studies Program is part of the UI International Programs,
which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic
programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost
and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize
the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and training.