Napoleon Chagnon spent 19 months living among them, gathering information about their genealogies and the value they placed on aggression in their. Ø This article explores the fieldwork experience of Napoleon Chagnon, a cultural anthropologist, among the Yanomamo, a group of tropical rain forest Indians in. Doing Fieldwork Among the Yanomamo. This article is of a man name Napoleon A. Chagnon and the Yanomamo Indians, and what he went.

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Next, I had to prime my kero- mos. The excitement of yanommamo my first Indians was almost unbearable as I duck-waddled through the low passage into the village clearing. My face and hands were swollen from the venom of their numerous stings. Despite the precautions, I occasionally hit a name that put the informant into a rage, such as that of a dead brother or sister that other informants had not reported.

There are a few problems, however, that seem to be nearly universal among anthropological fieldworkers, particularly those having to do with eating, bathing, sleeping, lack of privacy and loneliness, or discovering that primitive man is not always as noble as you originally thought…. No holdsand strategies, and dking was one of my get angry because I failed to give in, but were barred in relieving me of these,own forms of adaptation to the field- most of them accepted it as just a pecu- since I was considered something sub-work.

The Yanomamo – Napoleon A. Chagnon – Google Books

Their clothing is They have neighbors to the north, Carib- charisma of distinguished headmen whomore decorative than protective. Once I did this, my in- hut, enjoin me never to mention the name of them struck his head—which he heldformants, who did not know what others again, become very anxious and spooky, out conspicuously for them to swing at—were telling me, began to agree with and grab me by the head to whisper a secret he would then have the right to take hiseach other and I managed to begin learn- name into my ear.


We were both information. I am not ashamed to admit, either, that had there been a diplomatic way out, I would have ended my fieldwork then and there. The Fierce People Napoleon A. On several occasions during the next two hours the men in the village jumped to their feet, armed themselves, and waited nervously for the noise outside the village to be identified.

The Yanomamo Case studies in cultural anthropology.

First, I one with hot milk. This was important to me; I wanted them to be so fond of me that they would adopt me into their kinship system and way of amon, because I had heard that successful anthropologists always get adopted by their people.

These things vary from society half days. And frightened, as much becausenever have occasion to check them out pending on the temperament of my infor- of his reaction, but also because I couldauthoritatively. The raiders were un- call anything about its being a potentiallythe numerous lies and falsifications they able to bushwhack some man who lethal undertaking.

It clung uncomfortably to my body, as it did for the remainder of the work. I did not look forward to the next day when I would be left alone with the Indians; I did not speak a word of their language, and they were decidedly different from what I had imagined them to be.

Doing Fieldwork Among the Yanomamo – Prof. Schutzer’s Web Site

Furthermore, the indians would give Chagnon plantain seeds that were easy to eat, but in exchange they wanted steel tools. Other men are moreclopedic, his memory almost photo- tyrannical, despotic, pushy, flamboyant,graphic. Why in the hell would anyone be impressed by a culture that encourages men to beat their wives???

He is much younger—perhaps in this much influence on the choice of herdelity. I went out of my way to describe my foodsclothes and do very little fieldwork, or I also became less concerned about shar- in such a way as to make them sound un- ing my provisions with the rats, insects, 4 Article 1.


A few of the more colorful examples are: I would prepare this in the evening and store it in a thermos. Within two weeks, at the same time.

As it turned out, Re- mant. To this I am sure Chagnon and others like him would politely reply, “Not I, sir.

“Doing Fieldwork among the Yanomamo” article, I found one of

The falsi- who was particularly aggressive. A nealogy accuracy fiieldwork knowing thatgiven by the old man. While I am certain that at first he viewed it as a loss of five months of work, his eventual acceptance and understanding likely played a prominant role in how he might fielvwork objectively and effectively go about learning and observing these people.

I began traveling to other villages to check the genealogies, picking villages that were on strained terms with the people about whom I wanted information. He goes through the details of preparing it and says when he completed the meal it was almost lunchtime. This is the cultural aspect I got out of this article. But at least two or three times a week I would do something sophisticated, like make oatmeal or boil rice and add a can of tuna fish or tomato paste fieldqork it.

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I had not eaten all day, I was soak-truistically calling each other kinship powder and they usually fhe it run freely ing wet from perspiration, the baretoterms and sharing food, each waiting and from their nostrils. Much of crossed only in the dry season.

Theysight of each other. The dry season is also liances with other men via marriage ex-goes on anywhere in the village. One old man was particularly rage. I was able to last most of the day on cafe con leche, heavily sugared expresso coffee diluted about five to one with hot milk. Doing Fieldwork among the Yanomamo.