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This edition: Red Skin

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In northern Amazonia, in one of the most inaccessible forests of Brazil, the Wajapi live an existence preserved from modern influence. Here, painting one’s skin red is a way of maintaining a link with a very ancient civilization. The Wajapi have a long history of using vegetable dyes to adorn their bodies with geometric motifs and symbols, the “jenipa kusiwara.” Over the centuries, they have developed a unique communication system, a rich blend of graphic and verbal components, that reflects their worldview and enables them to hand down knowledge about community life. Dir.: Charlie Buffet. (52 min.)