Inventing reality

United Kingdom, 1992

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Episode number 8 of Series “Millennium: tribal wisdom and the modern world”.
Have our needs for certainty and objectivity in our lives closed off the magical influence of the natural world? Is there a balance to strike? Follow narrator David Maybury-Lewis to the Huichol Indian villages of central Mexico to witness a Mexican doctor and a tribal shaman battling an epidemic of a rare strain of deadly measles. Then visit a cancer treatment centre in Toronto. Through these two examples understand how the certainties of science can combine with natural conceptions of physical disease. Then travel to the wilderness of Australia to ask the question: is reality something we shape as the Australian Aborigines believe, or vice-versa?

Credits

production company

Biniman Productions

co-producer

Michael Grant

Richard Meech

Duration

01:00:00:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1992

Appears in

Millennium: tribal wisdom and the modern world

Group of items

Millennium: tribal wisdom and the modern world

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Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

325402

Language

English

Subject categories

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Human ecology

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Shamans

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Alternative medicine

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Epidemics

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Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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