The Tribal Eye Part 1 of 7-Behind The Mask
See below this page the complete 7 parts series streaming, or buy them on DVD.
The movie below was done in 1976 and David Attenborough will give you more explanation about the Dogon beliefs and story in The tribal eye (~ book link) by David Attenborough, and the influence on modern art.
Interesting is the fact that most shooting of this movie was done in Africa and you can see some of the rituals, but also many of the pieces from the British Museum illustrate this. Some of the facts are a bit dated, but it still is a nice and instructive watch if you want to understand the meaning of the use of masks and statues.
Streaming video of the entire Tribal Eye series are available online. Everyof this 7 part series is around 50 minutes long .
Though the Tribal Eye series is again available on PAL DVD and playable on multi-format players,
it’s not available as easily for those of us who want to use our computers with DVD players set
to the region including only the US. So you can see them streaming if you are a member of this site, or buy the one time fee to access the complete content of this posting.
If you want to buy the DVD’s to see it conveniently from your home the only place where it can be bought is on Amazon UK where you can read more, the price will be surprisingly low :
~ David Attenborough
But members of my club can see the 7 parts of 50 minutes eacht online movie below
The Tribal Eye Part 1of 7-Behind The Mask
This series features David Attenborough s original 1975 Tribal Art: The Complete Series and includes all seven programmes commissioned for the BBC ...
Click here to see part 1 of 7 fullscreen (50 min 38) Studies the Dogon people of Mali, their sculpture and ritual ceremonies.
This DVD release features David AttenborougH’s original 1975 Tribal Art: The Complete Series and includes all seven programmes commissioned for the BBC. Through the series, Attenborough gives viewers a fascinating guide to the world’s tribal art traveling to intriguing places and tribal communities.
Attenborough’s love of tribal art grew out of his early programme-making days at the BBC and took him to all corners of the world. From his first trips he accumulated souvenirs and eventually became a serious collector of tribal art. This series was commissioned shortly after he resigned from his job as Director of Programmes. He believed there was room on television for totem poles and masks as well as old master paintings. The resulting lavish series examined sculpture, weaving, metal casting and other artistic activities in tribal societies around the world.
The Tribal Eye Part 2
The Tribal Eye Part 2 of 7-Crooked Beak Of Heaven . Presents potlatch a colorful event staged by Northwestern American Indians.
The Tribal Eye Part 3
The Tribal Eye Part 3 of 7-Sweat Of the … 49:32 Few of the beautiful golden artifacts of the Aztecs and Incas are left today. Most of them were melted down by the pillaging Spanish conquistadors.
But some exquisite pre-Columbian art still exists, and narrator David Attenborough describes how these were used by priests in practical and ritual fashion, including human sacrifice.
part 4 – Bronze casters of Benin.
The Tribal Eye Part 4 of 7
Bronze casters of Benin. 50:40 At the turn of the century Europeans refused to believe that the craftsmen of the Nigerian Kingdom of Benin could have made such sophisticated and beautiful bronze castings. This program traces the history of Beni and Yoruba bronzes, and examines the techniques used in making them, and the results. We see the beautiful and elegant portrait busts, plaques and standing figures which read as impressive chronicles of the elaborate court life under the autocratic Obas of Benin.
The Tribal Eye Part 5
The Tribal Eye Part 5 of 7-Woven Gardens 49:28 In a wonderful combination of beauty, function and tradition, the rugs of the Gashqai Nomads of Iran perfectly mirror their lives. Wool is gathered from sheep, goats and camels. Dyes are made from juices of plants along their caravan routes. Then the jogging of the pack animals, bearing the looms with unfinished rugs, gives the weave its beautiful irregularity. And they are used against the cold, the wind, and as saddle bags and grain sacks.
Part 6-Man Blong Custom
The Tribal Eye Part 6 of 7-Man Blong Cus... 49:39 This program takes us on a perilous journey to the jungle-covered mountains of the New Hebrides to witness the sacred ceremonies performed in the village cult house. Life size effigies, the heads of which are human skulls fleshed out with clay, dance as cavorting puppets in funeral ceremonies. Then we journey to the neighboring Solomon Islands and examine their magnificent war canoes, their sea spirit dances, and an anthropological phenomenon, Moro.
This island mystic arose to say that the gods of the island wished the people to send the foreign Christians back home and once again worship the ancients
Part 7 – Acoss the frontiers
The Tribal Eye Part 7 of 7-Across The Fr... 50:07 Attenborough summarizes his exploration of tribal ways as seen through tribal arts. He notes the loss of custom and tradition with the inroads of western civilization and a new awakening of ancient tribal culture among many people today from the Tribal Eye Series.
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~ David Attenborough