Based on the author's extensive fieldwork, this classic ethnography, now in its fifth edition, focuses on the Yanomamo. These truly remarkable South American people are one of the few primitive sovereign tribal societies left on earth. This new edition includes events and changes that have occurred since 1992, including a recent trip by the author to the Brazilian Yanomamo in 1995.
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The interesting fact here is that this 'marriage rule' is embedded in the kinship
terminology itself as well as existing as a 'principle': Men marry women they call
suabdya. Their kinship system literally defines who is and who is not
solidarity, if solidarity is promoted by kinship closeness, then more 'inbred'
villages should have more solidarity. They achieve this by marrying cross-
cousins. This makes it difficult to decide which theory is more correct regarding
the source of ...
Yanomamo must chronically 'adjust' their kinship classifications to keep age and
generation in synchrony. The statistical information on their 'nuclear family'
organization suggests that most males, when they reach marriageable age, will
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Karin7 - LibraryThing
Note that this is apparently a reprint of a book from the 1960s. The author has since been discredited. I studied this for an anthropology class. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Kassilem - LibraryThing
I've never really knew much about the Yanomamo before this besides the fact that they lived in circular structures and used hallucinatory drugs. And only that because I had to do a tiny bit of ... Read full review
Doing Fieldwork among the Yanomamo
Myth and Cosmos
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