The Storyteller


1990 / 50 minutes

Directed by
John Paul Davidson
Country of production
United Kingdom

Unaware of the written word until the 1950s, the Waura tribe who live in the headwaters of the Xingu river in Brazil still practise the art of storytelling. Tribal storyteller Aruta recounts one of their traditional tales which the tribe re-enact. As powerful and fresh as the opening chapters of Genesis, it gives a unique insight into Waura cosmological thinking.

Language and subtitles
English and Waura with English Subtitles
South America
Indigenous peoples / First Nations peoples Dance / Theatre / Performance Religion / Belief / Faith