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Duke, Jim and Jim Meuninck. <date unknown>. Edible wild plants: video field guide to 100 useful herbs. CRC Press, Inc., Boca Raton, FL 33431. [60 minute video cassette]

SECRETS OF THE RAIN FOREST [VIDEORECORDING] / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY. F3722.1 J5 S4 1989. 1 videocassette (ca. 30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. Jivaran Indians -- Ethnobotany. Ethnobotany -- Peru. Medicinal plants
Peru. Materia medica, Vegetable -- Peru. Indians of South America -- Peru -- Ethnobotany.

QK99.A1A49. 1 videocassette (21 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. Ethnobotany. Ethnobotany -- Surinam. Medicinal plants.

Little Medicine (The Way to Avoid Big Medicine)- Jim Mueninck (800) 487-0522

A Walk in the Rainforest With Dr. Jim Duke and A Walk Through the ACEER Useful Plant Trail, Mark Plotkin - Might be good for more advanced classes, mentions various chemical compounds.
Environmental Media Corp. (800) 368-3382

Rainforest Pharmacy Videos

The ACEER Useful Plant Trail Video Guide
Plant trail developed by Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO

Pharmacology and Therapeutic Application of Plant Drugs
By Varro E. Tyler, Ph.D., Purdue University, 81 min.

Nutrition and the Amazon Food Pharmacy
By James A. Duke, Ph.D. U.S. Department of Agriculture, 47 min.

Tropical Medicine in the Rain Forest
By Linnea Smith, M.D. , 25 min.

A Walk Through the ACEER Useful Plants Trail
By Mark Plotkin, Ph.D., Conservation International, 52 min.

Ethnomedical Field Research in the Amazon
By Walter Lewis, Ph.D., Washington University, 57 min.

The Shaman's Apprentice - Bullfrog Films

The Peyote Road: Ancient Religion In Contemporary Crisis (1993). - THE PEYOTE ROAD addresses the United States Supreme Court "Smith" decision, which denied protection of 1st Amendment religious liberty to the sacramental use of Peyote for Indigenous people, one of the oldest tribal religions in the Western Hemisphere. Examining the European tradition of religious intolerance & documenting the centuries old sacramental use of the cactus Peyote, THE PEYOTE ROAD explains how the "Smith" decision put religious freedom in jepordy for all Americans. This program contributed to the successful efforts of The American Indian Religious Freedom Coalition, resulting in passage of the historic 1994 amendment to The American Indian Religious Freedom Act. VIDEO VHS

Amazon - an IMAX Film experience. (1997) - It is the mightiest river in the world, the lifeblood for whole civilizations and home to more than 5,000 different species of fish and the more than 60,000 different species of plants that live on its banks. It is the Amazon, and it is now captured in a 40-minute, Academy Award®-nominated large-format film, titled AMAZON, that will take audiences on a journey of discovery of the river's wonders, inhabitants and remarkable healing powers.


Heider, Karl G. And Carol Hermer. 1995 Films for Anthropological Teaching, 8th edition. Special Publication 29. American Anthropological Association, 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 640, Arlington, VA 22203-1621; (703)528-1902. ISBN 0-913167-65-7. Includes lists of films by geographical area and by topic. Annotated.

Acorns: Staple Food of California Indians. 1962. 28 min. 16mm/video. The American Indian Ethnology Series out of U.C. Berkeley. Pomo Indians, nw California, demonstrate harvesting, storing, processing, cooking, and eating acorns.

Baobab: Portrait of a Tree. 53 min. Ecological study of a baobab tree through the seasons.

Basketry of the Pomo: Introductory Film. 1962. 30 min. 16 mm. American Indian Series. Pomo, California, harvest and use basketry materials. Demonstrates 10 basketry techniques, 12 wild plant materials. [there are several other basketry of the Pomo films]

Beautiful Tree: Chishkale. 1965. 20 min. 16 mm. American Indian Series. Southwestern Pomo, California, use traditional methods to process acorn, Lithocarpus.

Buckeyes: Food of California Indians. 1961. 13 min. American Indian Series. Nisenan Indians harvest, process, and eat California buckeyes or horse chestnuts.

Caxiri or Manioc Beer. 1988. 19 min. The Waiapi Indians of Brazil Series. Discusses manioc and shows processing.

Charcoal Makers. 1990. 30 min. Rural Greek mountain people burn wood to make charcoal. Shows technical process.

The Chinampas. 1990. 31 min. Mexico City, live action and graphics document ecologically sustainable system of agriculture, now threatened by growth of city.

Corn is Life. 19 min. 16 mm/video. Produced for the Museum of Northern Arizona by Tellens, Inc. Hopi, northern Arizona, intertwine life span of humans and growing cycle of corn.

Ebena: Hallucinogenic Ecstasy Among the Yanoama. 1970. 18 min. Shaman uses bark and seeds to make snuff and enter into trance for ritual healing.

An Ecology of the Mind. 1992. 1 hour. Makuna, Colombia pass sophisticated ecological awareness on to next generation through myths and rituals. Contrast view with modern Western cultural view.

The Flour Mill House. 1970. 13 min. Northeastern Brazil, documentary on manioc flour manufacturing business, from farming, harvesting to mill, sale, and fair.

The Flying Farmer. 1989. 27 min. Video. Organic farmer from Quebec establishes organic coffee cooperative in Peru.

Heritage in Cedar: Northwest Coast Indian Woodworking, Past and Present. 1979. 29 min. Western red cedar, Queen Charlotte Islands, B.C. and sites of Ozette, Ksan, and Hoh Village.

Hopi Songs of the Fourth World. 1982. 58 min. Several Hopi talk about preservation of the Hopi way, a philosophy of living in balance and harmony with nature.

How to Make Sorghum Molasses. 20 min. Filmer County, West Virginia farmers make sorghum the traditional way in 1970. Includes 9-page explanatory essay with selected bibliography.

Making a Bark Canoe. 1969. 20 min. Arnhem Land aborigines make canoe from one large sheet of bark.

Over the Hedge. 1993. 10 min. Looks at front-yard topiary in suburban America.

Pine Nuts. 1961. 13 min. American Indian Film Series. Paviotso and Paiute in Great Basin harvest and prepare pine nuts.

Race to Save the Planet: Seeds of Tomorrow. 58 min. Video. Nova program hosted by Noel Vietmyer. Saving genetic diversity by in situ and ex situ methods, shows controversy.

Runa: Guardians of the Forest. 1990. 28 min. Ecuardorean rainforest. Documents their adaptation and examines reactions to changes to their traditional lifestyle, with comments from the Runa.

Sinew-Backed Bow and its Arrows. 1961. 24 min. American Indian Film Series. Construction of bow using yew and arrows using mock orange and equisetum.

Slash and Burn Agriculture. 1975. 17 min. Live action, diagrams, and drawings to show cycle, from site selection to harvest. Eastern Nicaragua.

Tea Fortunes. 1986. 52 min. Documents history of tea industry in China, India, Sri Lanka, and East Africa with profile of Sir Thomas Lipton.

Tule Technology: Northern Paiute Uses of Marsh Resources in Western Nevada. 1981. 42 min. Great Basin.

Waiapi Slash and Burrn Cultivation. 1988. 22 min. Waiapi Indians of Brazil Series. Shows all steps in process.

Wood Cutters of the Deep South. 1973. 85 min. Poor backwoods cutters in Mississippi and Alabama organize a cooperative association called Gulf Coast Pulpwood Association.

Wooden Box: Made by Steaming and Bending. 1962. 33 min. American Indian Series. Kwakiutl, Northwest coast Indians make traditional box from single slab of wood with no nails, screws, or glue.

THE VIDEO PROJECT is a nonprofit source for videos on critical global issues. They carry more than 200 videos for all ages, including a special Eco-video Collection, which features 60 videos appropriate for Grades K-12 (many with study guides). To order videos or request a free catalog: The Video Project, Dept. EMAG, 5332 College Ave., Suite 101, Oakland, CA 94618, FAX (510)655-9115, 800-4-PLANET.

HOW TO RENT/BUY FILMS: Films are available for rental from a number of places, including:

Penn State Audio-Visual Services, University Division of Media and Learning Resources, Special Services Building, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802. Phone 1-800-826-0132 or (814)865-6314.

SOURCE FOR BOTANICAL SLIDES: Martin Wall, 2011 Walker Ave., Greensboro, NC 27403, (910)379-1934. Martin maintains a list of several hundred slides, giving botanical name, family name, common name, and a description of the slide (e.g., flowers & leaves against bark). Send a self-addressed stamped long envelope to receive a list.

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