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Yaokwa, the Enawene Nawe people's ritual for the maintenance of social and cosmic order

UNESCO: List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding - 2011 URL: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/USL/00521 Description: The Enawene Nawe people living in the southern Amazon rainforest perform the Yaokwa ritual each year during the seven-month dry season to honour the Yakairiti spirits and ensure cosmic and social order. The different clans alternate responsibility: one embarks on fishing expeditions throughout the area while another prepares offerings of rock salt, fish and ritual food for the spirits, and performs music and dance. Yaokwa and the local biodiversity it celebrates represent an extremely delicate and fragile ecosystem whose continuity depends directly on its conservation. Country(ies): Brazil ? IPHAN 2009 Duration: 00:09:56 - Support: DVD (0052100003)
Length: 09:57

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