chapter  1
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Introduction

E. D. Lewis
WithTimothy Asch in America and Australia

From 1968 to his death in October 1994, Tim Asch produced more than fifty ethnographic films about the Yanomamö Indians of Venezuela, transhumant herders in Afghanistan, and the Balinese, the Rotinese, and Ata Tana 'Ai of eastern Indonesia. If one counts Dodoth Morning, which he shot in 1961, and footage he shot in Canada which was never made into films for release, he practised his art of ethnographic film-making on three continents and in Oceania. The films in distribution have had a profound influence on the science of anthropology and the way the discipline is taught in universities around the world.