Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and The Modern World

Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World is a video by Harvard anthropologist David Maybury-Lewis.

This refers to a series of 10 VHS videos of 60 minutes each. A co-production of Biniman Productions Limited, Adrian Malone Productions Limited ; KCET, Los Angeles and BBC-TV in association with The Global Television Network and with the participation of Rogers Telefund and Telefilm Canada. The editors were Michael Todd and Michael Fuller and the music was composed by Hans Zimmer.

The series was designed to stimulate reflection and inspire a new look at what the modern world can learn from tribal societies as we approach the millennium. Explores the values and different world perspectives that hold many tribal societies together. Presents tribal peoples in the dignity of their own homes and captures their customs and ceremonies with extraordinary photography.

  • pt. 1 The shock of the other
  • pt. 2 Strange relations
  • pt. 3 Mistaken identity
  • pt. 4 An ecology of mind
  • pt. 5 The art of living
  • pt. 6 Touching the timeless
  • pt. 7 A poor man shames us all
  • pt. 8 Inventing reality
  • pt. 9 The tightrope of power
  • pt. 10 At the threshold.

There is also a book companion to the videos. It features 11 of the peoples discussed in the video. In it, he argues that the ancient customary wisdom, communal sharing and closeness to nature found in tribal or indigenous societies hold important survival lessons for our modern industrial society steeped in waste, consumerism, ecocide and social rootlessness.

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