Native American Chac Film Response

Native American Chac Film Response - Yontii Wheeler Native...

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Yontii Wheeler Native American Language and Culture Professor Donaldson November 16, 2009 Chac: The Rain God Response Throughout the movie Chac, there were many visual and auditory clues to what the movie’s main theme was as well as the culture of the people being portrayed. The symbolic scenes as well as the many silent moments helped shape the viewers perception of the scene and created an idea about the time period this movie was supposed to portray, although the visual and auditory clues also left many scenes up to the interpretation of the viewer. Through the different visual aids, interesting sounds, use of indigenous language, and employment of silence, Roberto Klein created a extremely unique movie that allowed for the viewer to be creative and think about the concepts being introduced. In Chac, many of the characteristics of the actors helped shape opinions about them and their associations with each other, in addition, the way nature is portrayed and perceived helped shape the essence of the story. When the Diviner is first scene after the men have climbed up the mountain to find him, one of the first noticeable aspects of his appearance, is his long hair in contrast with the short hair of the men of the village. The Diviner also has a very long, thin face while the Tzeltal men have smaller round faces. This distinction is obvious and is the first indica- tion in the differences between the two types of men. In comparison, the mute boy, who is caught having followed his father and the other men from the village, has a face that is extremely similar to that of the Diviner. This is the first clue that the mute boy and the DIviner have a connection. The Diviner, when leading the Tzeltal villagers towards where they will perform a ceremony for Chac, the rain god, encounters men who are referred to as Lancandons. The Lancandons are dif- ferent from the Tzeltal villagers in many aspects. While the Tzeltal men have very short hair and carry long sticks, the Lancandons have long, curly hair, long bangs, and smoke long cigars. The Lancandons, when they are first encountered, are also in a very leisurely position, many in ham- mocks smoking. When the Tzeltal men are first encountered, many are standing around the shaman intensely watching him in a very statuesque position. The Lancandons also smile more often than the Tzeltal villagers. In many of the scenes with the Tzeltal men, the land is very rocky, and the men and wo-
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