Different stages of building a traditional house in the Upper Xingu are recorded. Tree trunks are cut in the forest and carried to the village. The trunks are set upright in front of the old house. The raw construction of the new house is built. 030_new_house1 : in the forest: clearing of way and carrying of major trunks. 030_new_house2 : another big trunk is carried close to the village 030_new_house3 : in the village: arriving of a trunk at the building place. 030_new_house4 : digging holes and erectig the trunks 030_new_house5 : the basic upright trunks: cenral posts and wall-trunks; children playing 030_new_house6 : the main roofs stems waiting to be carried to the village 030_new_house7 : the future walls are joint at the top 030_new_house8 : the main vertical roof stems are inclined and tied with the wall structure 030_new_house9 : the horizontal finishing on the top of the walls is fixed, the first horizontal trunks at the top of the house are already put and tied
The recording shows the different stages of building a new house in the Awetí village. The owner of the house is 030. The session consists of 9 parts recorded between the 27th of May and the 8th of June. The recording is of cultural value to the Awetí Project.
146 is building a temporary house. Earlier he had collected palm leafs and had piled them for drying. Here he prepairs the dry leafs for transport to his house in construction. His family transports the leafs by foot or by bycicle from the small haven to the village. 146's new house will substitute the large house built by the whole community that designated him as the main chief. For details see description of media-files.
146 prepairs large piles of burití palm leafs at the haven for transport. The piles are transported close to his new house, which is being covered in Feb. 2005.
. First a total view of the men's hut the roof of which is being made. The horizontal bars are being fixed on the vertical stakes with nails. . Then different types of houses (traditional and less traditional ones) are shown from the center. . At next the house in construction by 026 is shown in detail. it has already the main structure, but the finer vertical bars and the fine horizontal bars where the straw covering is put are still missing. Next we see 026 and his apprendice, his grandson 073 finishing the strucutre of the roof in the traditional way (e.g., without nails). . The park that is used for joining the different posts, stakes and bars is shown rolled up on the ground. . Finally we see several younger Awetí covering the men's hut (some days later). They select and adujst long straw and cover the roof with it.
Different images from two different stages in the process of house-building. One house, more advanced, is the central men's hut, built with less care (using nails), the other is a traditional house being constructed by 026 (with some help by his younger relatives).
Scenes that illustrate how 'esteiras' (portg) are made out of burití palm leaf stalks.
Procedural order of clips: 8, 6, 7, 5, 10+1+2, 1, 3, 4, 11 1: hammock knotting and thwine yarning (+S.I.) 2: producing of esteira, thwine yarning 3: details: an half finished hammock (+ parrots) 4: knotting, many pictures, other objects, portraits 5: details: yarn, new hammock, esteira 6: detail: buriti sprout 7: separating the film and stalk of buriti leaves 8: a Tuatuari trip to fetch buriti leaf sprouts 9: Tuatuari trip contd. with researchers, return 10: starting to know a new hammock 11: finishing the hammock, taking it off te pegs, finishing the ends
All different stages of the process of hammock-production, from the harvesting of buriti palm sprouts until the finishing of the knotting of a hammock.
086 cuts and selects straw which he will use to thatch his new house.
086 cuts and selects straw which he will use to thatch his new house.
1: fetching bark and staffs 2: fixing horizontal staffs/stakes on the roof 3: fixing horizontal staffs/stakes on the roof, details
188 is finishing the raw construction of his house. Here he fetches peeling/bark and smaller staffs/stakes and fixes them horizontally on the roof and walls.
132 is finishing his new house. here he covers it with straw and cleans the ground inside. SD also tries it out to thatch the roof with straw. Children playing.
In this session the house of 009's family is burnt down by his sons. 009 has left the village for good and is settling with his wife and other members of his family to the north, near the Posto Leonardo. Burning his house is, in this case, not only the usual end of the life-cycle of houses, but also marks the definive departure of 009 and his family. Burning the rests of houses is done at night when there is little wind and one can easily see if sparks are speading the fire.
The session shows the burning house of 009 (018's father) who has left the village.
SD observes 026, an older Awetí man who is starting to make a loose basket as used for transporting salt. Making baskets belongs to the kind of handicraft usually made by men. Other items produced by men are e.g. ornaments out of feathers, bows and arrows. Women are engaged in other tasks like weaving hammocks, making beads and jewellery (necklaces, bracelets, fingerrings) etc.
149, the oldest son of the chief 146, is carving a wooden stool outo of one piece. he uses his machete. The stoll will have the shape of an animal, a _muzak_ (hawk), the largest raptor of the region.
149 is carving a stool out of one piece of wood.
Steps producing Urukum, red colour in form of paste or blocks. Urukum: made principally of Bixa Orellana. Clips: 1: washing the oily pulp off the seeds, boiling 2: After boiling: cold paste is taken off
Steps in the processo of producing Urukum, the characteristic red colour.
118 shows hard wax, an important raw material for many products (used as glue and for sealing and as arrowhead. His wife 121 shows scoops made of calabashs she wants to sell.
118 shows hard wax. His wife 121 shows scoops made of calabashs


Sebastian Drude and SX (2001 - 2005). Item "Artefacts+Housing" in collection "Awetí". The Language Archive. (Accessed 2024-05-22)

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