Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Film Screening: "Peacocks, Paradise & Tigers, Oh My!" - Animated Adivasi Stories

Sat, April 13, 2019 | Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302), UT Austin campus

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Film Screening:

Do you know why the elephant lost her wings? Have you ever met a “Bonga”? How do you find a pot of gold? Discover this - and so much more -  from the tales of the tribes of India! Join the South Asia Institute for an afternoon of short animated films that are fun for the whole family - and anyone curious about what cross-cultural collaborative storytelling can look like!

These delightful stories have traveled all the way from the heartlands of India. Come see how the creative teams at Adivasi Arts Trust have turned stories of the Warli, Santal, Pardhan Gond, and Saora into short cartoons true to the living visual traditions of each tribe and region. Anyone interested in indigenous stories, oral traditions, folk arts, film making, illustration, linguistics, cultural anthropology, etc. will enjoy this enriching program.

Program includes two 30-minute programs of some of the Tallest Tales you’ve probably never imagined:

The Tallest Story Competition - produced by West Highland Animation in association with Gond, Warli, Santal, and Saora Tribes of India

  • How the Elephant Lost His Wings
  • The Bonga
  • The Pot of Gold
  • The Best of the Best
  • Song Bird

Presented by Gaelic comedian Norman MacLean

Tales of the Tribes - produced by Adivasi Arts Trust, directed by Dr. Tara Douglas, in association with Pardhan Gond tribe of Madhya Pradesh, Angami Tribe of Nagaland, Lepcha of Sikkim, and Tribes of Manipur:

  • Manjoor Jhali (The Story of the Peacock)
  • Man Tiger Spirit
  • Nye Mayek Kyong (Paradise)
  • Tapta

Presented by Verrier Elwin who loved and lived with the tribes of India

This film screening is free and family friendly!

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute

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