Reclaiming the Forest

Paul Henley
George Drion
41 minutes


National governments, itinerant gold-miners, and indigenous inhabitants compete for control of an area of the South American rainforest. The film shows the potential conflict between the interests of aboriginal peoples and the responsibility of nation states to implement ecologically sound policies in tropical forest areas. It also demonstrates the complex relationship between culture and ethnic identity under conditions of rapid social change.

Suggested readings: 
N.M. Flowers, 1988. Review of the film. American Anthropologist, Vol. 90, pp. 487-89.
South America: