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The "Hunter's Museum" of the Ju/'Hoansi
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Hunter-gatherer culture of the San

The Origins Movie

By Mikko Ijäs.

Mikko Ijäs is a Doctoral Candidate at Aalto University School of Art and Design and visited the Little Hunters Museum to film the Ju/'Hoansi there for his movie "The origins".

An experimental silent documentary

The Origins is an experimental silent documentary film on the origins of human culture performed with live orchestra and a choir.

The movie presents an argument that human imagination and art was evolved due to ancient art of persistence hunting. The doctoral thesis work “The Eye, hand and Mind” (Aalto University 2015) by researcher and media artist Mikko Ijäs deals with the early connection between trance rituals, persistence hunting and visual arts among the early hunter-gatherer societies.

The movie presents footage of the Kalahari Ju/‘hoan Bushmen, who still hunt with bow-and-arrow combined with long distance tracking pursuit executed on foot. Mikko Ijäs is also an experienced runner and he will run with the Bushmen documenting their ancient skills.

Picture gallery

All pictures © Mikko Ijäs

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