The Many Lives of A Shield (2016)

For more information about the film, click here.

This film will be exhibited alongside artworks by Lindsay Sekulowicz as part of an exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art in Kew Gardens, from October 7th 2017 until March 2018.


Directed by Dr Luciana Martins
Produced and Edited by Bea Moyes at the Derek Jarman Lab

Filmed by Bea Moyes and Luciana Martins
With assistance from Wilde Itaborahy, William Milliken and José Miguel Nieto Olivar

Music Composed by Tim Maryon, with Baniwa music
Narrated by Luciana Martins

A version of the film with Portuguese subtitles is available here.

Luciana Martins
William Milliken
Louise Clarke
Miguel Pena
Ronaldo da Silva Apolinario
Rafael Antonio Azevedo
Wilde Itaborahy
Juliana Lins
Josival Azevedo Resende
Mestre Luiz Laureano da Silva
Mario Felicio Joaquim
Dona Luiza Emília
Ronaldo da Silva Apolinario
Felipe Storch
José Caldas Pedrosa
José Maria Barbosa Ramos
Damião Amaral Barbosa
Adelson Marques Meira
Oscarina da Silva Caldas
Larissa Duarte
Ivo Fontoura
Moisés Luiz da Silva
Wizer de Oliveira Almeida
Armindo Feliciano Miguel Brazão
Pieter-Jan van der Veld
Peter Giovannini
Claudia Leonor López Garcés
Márlia Regina Coelho Ferreira

Archival images featured:
Museum. Interior of the Principal Room, frontispiece of W. J. Hooker Museum of Economic Botany: or, A Popular Guide to the Useful and Remarkable Vegetable Products of the Museum of the Royal Gardens of Kew London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855 © Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

View of Museum Number 2, c.1900 © Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

View of Museum Number 2 at the time of its closure in 1960 © Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Tukano-Indianer mit Tanzshild und Rassellanze Rio Tiquié, Tafel VII, Theodor Koch-Grünberg Zwei Jahre bei den Indianern Nordwest-Brasiliens Stuttgart: Strecker und Schröder, 1921.

Drawing of the origins of titica vine by Orlando Andrade Fontes in Adeilson Lopes da Silva et al (org), O que a gente precisa para viver e estar bem no mundo: Escola Herieni / Rio Aiari São Gabriel da Cahoeira: ISA / CEDEH, 2013. Courtesy CEDEH

With special thanks to
William Milliken
Mark Nesbitt
Louise Clarke
Viviane Stern da Fonseca
Aloisio Cabalzar
Adeilson Lopes da Silva
Juliana Lins
Dagoberto Lima Azevedo
João Paulo Lima Barreto
José Miguel Nieto Olivar
Moisés Luiz da Silva
Ronaldo da Silva Apolinario
Daniel Benjamim
Raúl Valdivia

Further reading
Geraldo Andrello (ed) Rotas de Criação e Transformação: Narrativas de Origem dos Povos Indígenas do Rio Negro São Paulo: ISA and FOIRN, 2012

Stephen Hugh-Jones The Fabricated Body: Objects and Ancestors in Northwest Amazonia, in Fernando Santos-Granero (ed) The Occult Life of Things: Native Amazonian Theories of Materiality and Personhood Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2009

Cristina Rico Lira Recovering Cultural Context: A Basketry Shield from the Amazon, in Jan Salick et al (eds) Curating Biocultural Collections London: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2014

Workshop in São Gabriel da Cachoeira, 27 October – 6 November 2016
Mobilising the Value of Biocultural Collections in Brazil
Supported by Newton Institutional Links – British Council

Partners of the project include the Kew Archives and Botanical Collections, the Jardin Botanico do Rio de Janeiro, the Flora Foundation, Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), and Federacao das Organizacoes Indigenas do Rio Negro (FOIRN).

The film was funded by Birkbeck University.

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