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WRITER: JESSICA SNOWDEN
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Oct. 5, 2000

Public is invited to Amazonian video presentations on UI campus Oct. 13, 16

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 by discussion.

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 on video.

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 and himself.

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 areas.

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.