The Na’Vi Dream Hunt // AVATAR

20 Jan


The Dream Hunt (Na’vi name: Uniltaron) is a rite of passage, in which Na’vi seek their spirit animal. During a chemically induced trance caused by the bite of an arachnoid and swallowing a glow worm, they express themselves musically as the spirit moves.
Uniltaron songs are especially interesting. While under the chemically induced effects that mark the Dream Hunt, a Na’vi may utilize any kind of expression: standard social song structures, imitations of domestic cascading vocal style, children’s songs from deep in their memories, wildly improvised songs or chants. The only type of songs not heard in this context are personal songs and the ritual songs of mourning.

Vision Quest in Avatar Movie – Deleted Scene
This is the Vision Quest Ceremony that did not make it into the final movie. Please take note that the Dream Hunt / vision quest requires two separate chemicals – just as Ayahuasca…

The Na’vi’s nearly telepathic understanding of their environment is grounded not only in ritual, plant-lore, and that earnest seriousness that now afflicts PC Hollywood Indians, but in an organic communications network: the fibrous, animated, and vaguely repulsive pony-tail tentacles that not only allow the Na’vi to form direct control links with animals but also, through the optical filaments of the “Tree of Souls,” to commune with both ancestors and the Eywa (=Ayahuasca), the biological spirit of the planet whose name resonates with Erda, our own Earth.

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