Alternative Title: N/A

Series Title: Indians of the Orinoco


In a single day a Makiritare craftsman fashions a blowgun with precision fittings that will last for years. He has collected special reeds for the inner barrel, and fits the straightest into the carefully hollowed-out interior of a larger protective pipe-reed. Darts treated with curare poison are marked in red. The unopposed darts are for tiny birds and animals, while the poisoned ones kill larger animals. The hunter eventually kills several large birds called curassows.


Edited Film

Country/Location: Venezuela (Kononama)

Tribe or Group: Makiritare

Cinematographer: Hermann Schlenker

Production Company: IFF

Running Time: 13 min.

Years Filmed: 1971

Decade Produced: 1970s

Years Distributed: -1972

Film Gauge: 16mm

Stock: Color Safety

Footage Count: 485'

Sound: Un-narrated, Recorded On Location

Notes: Possible that footage pre-existed and was contracted by IFF for this series. IFF does not own OCN- returned to Schlenker after production of internegatives (?). There are 8 films in the Indians of the Orinoco series (all footage shot during the same expedition).

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