The Primal Mind

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The Primal Mind author Jamake Highwater explores differences in how American Indians and people of a western or European heritage experience themselves and their environments.  Illustrated through contrasting views of art, time, architecture, medicine and dance, Primal Mind identifies important distinctions between a mind rooted in respect for nature, sacred myths and rituals, and a mind that strives toward achievement, order, and the desire to rise above or conquer nature.  Discover how contemporary artists fused the primal and western ways of thinking to create breakthroughs in modern art. Examine how Martha Graham, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, and Henry Moore were influenced by Southwestern tribal dance, Navaho sand painting, Aftrican wood carvings and masks, and pre-Columbia stone carvings.

The Primal Mind was produced by The Primal Mind Foundation and Alvin H. Perlmutter, Inc. in 1983.

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PBS

Awards

First Place – National Educational Film Festival (1985)

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