Procreating on Peyote
|Procreating on Peyote|
|Date Posted||December 17th, 2007|
|URL|| youtube.com |
|Description|| Hey all -- I'm getting the hang of this blogging thing.|
|Location(s)|| Lullaby Project|
|YouTube Tags||lonelygirl15 bree danielbeast daniel jonastko jonas lg15|
|Executive Producer(s)|| Miles Beckett and Greg Goodfried|
|Series Producer(s)|| Amanda Goodfried|
|Supervising Producer(s)|| Mary Feuer|
|Director(s)|| Marcello Daciano|
|Camera|| Justin Thompson|
|Vidplay|| Jan Libby|
|Story|| Mary Feuer, Jan Libby, Jonathan Robert Kaplan, and Mesh Flinders|
|Editor(s)|| Kevin Schlanser|
|Music Supervisor|| Seth Jacobs|
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Jennie: I found this rock on my hike today. (holds the rock up to the camera) Can- Can you see the symbol in the middle? It's "peyote". To- To the Huichol tribe, peyote is a gift from the gods. And it symbolizes the essence of life, health, and survival.
(Cut to Jennie hiking. She stops and pans the camera up toward the sun.)
Jennie: "Tu". "Tu" is the Huichol's word for "sun."
(The camera pans to Jennie blocking the sunlight from her eyes with her hand.)
Jennie: It's only nine in the morning and the "tu" is completely baking me.
(The camera pans back to the sun. Scenes from Jennie's hike are shown.)
Jennie: Look, you should know that I'm very much a "live and let live" kind of person, okay? I mean, I couldn't very well study other cultures if I didn't respect their systems and beliefs. I film the Hymn of One's rituals every day, part of my research on shared hallucination and religious communities. At some point over the last week, Sarah stopped rolling her eyes at all this stuff. I just never really pegged Sarah to be such a follower, you know? (drinks from her bottle of water) I thought she was more like me: an observer.
(Cut to a panoramic view of the landscape.)
Jennie: All of this land used to belong to the Huichol.
(Cut to Jennie walking down.)
Jennie: They are one of only, like, two tribes that still practice the same lifestyles as pre-Columbian America. Which I love, because in this world of cells and computers and... (Shrugs.) Blogging... (Laughs.) It's just really cool to think that there are still people who exist in this world without all that shit.
(Cut back to Jennie sitting in her tent.)
Jennie: I just found out online that this (Holds up the rock.) is a Huichol symbol for a sacred ceremony. Every year the Huichol tribe selects a group of women to harvest the peyote cacti. And only women can be chosen because they're the only ones considered worthy of handling it. Peyote is supposed to give you a sense of peace and a feeling of "oneness" with nature. I think the world that we live in needs a major dose of peyote right now. If not the world, then at least Carl! (laughs) Carl on shrooms. No, no, no, no! Not shrooms. Carl on cacti. Sarah ate breakfast with him and Chris yesterday. Now, is it just me or does Carl have, like, a black aura or something? I've only got, like, thirty seconds left, but before I go, I want to leave you with two (holds up two fingers to the camera) things to think about. One: What is it about our society that leaves the power basically in the hands of men? I mean, I'm not saying kick out the guys. God, no. I-I just mean what up with the way things are, you know? And, second: If Carl were the last man on Earth, would you sleep with him? No, no scratch that. If Carl were the last man on Earth, would you even go on a date with him? Would you? Would you kiss Carl and his black aura? (makes a disgusted sound and laughs) Oh, I just made myself sick. Later, guys.
- Between the story about the Peyote ceremonies and Jennie's questions about the world, there are several Feminist themes within.