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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Their members usually attempt to return to the lowlands when military pressure
wanes. Zone "D" is very much a refugee niche — many groups that have been
thoroughly beaten and victimized by larger villages in the lowlands seem to
Some comparative data for the larger villages found in the adjacent lowlands are
instructive (drawn from Chagnon, 1988a and 1990). There, the average fraction
of adult males who have participated in the killing of another person is over twice
Some of them succeed in growing to be large enough to hold their own against
other large villages in the lowlands. 2. One or both of the groups become '
peripheralized' and have to move out of the more desirable lowlands into the
foothills or ...
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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
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