Savage Gold

  • 1933
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Adventure, Docudrama

Fascinated by the Jivaro Indians and their alleged practice of shrinking human heads, filmmaker Dyott journeyed to the Amazon River basin near the Ecuador-Brazil border in an effort to learn more about the tribe. The result is this film, which follows Dyott and a group of explorers and native scouts on a journey through the Amazon jungle, eventually reaching...read more

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Fascinated by the Jivaro Indians and their alleged practice of shrinking human heads, filmmaker Dyott journeyed to the Amazon River basin near the Ecuador-Brazil border in an effort to learn more about the tribe. The result is this film, which follows Dyott and a group of explorers and

native scouts on a journey through the Amazon jungle, eventually reaching the Jivaro village. SAVAGE GOLD may not be a totally true-to-life depiction of the Jivaros, but it does capture many of their cultural practices on film. These shots alone make this picture extremely rare and valuable. The

Jivaro did in fact shrink heads, a ritual they practiced after the killing of an enemy. They believed the shrinking would keep the dead person's soul trapped so that it could not escape and cause further harm. Fearful of losing their ethnic homogeneity like neighboring tribes did, since the 1950s

the Jivaro have severed almost all ties with whites, including ethnographers who want to record their tribal practices. This makes SAVAGE GOLD one of the few films which captured the Jivaro in their everyday practices and a treat for that reason.

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