March 14, 2011
The Yanomamo Culture
The Yanomamo Indians are located in the Amazon Basin in both Venezuela and Brazil. The Yanomami are believed to be the most primitive, culturally intact people in existence in the world. They are literally a Stone Age tribe. Cataloged by anthropologists as Neo-Indians with cultural characteristics that date back more than 8000 years, these are a Last Encyclopedia (Hecht, Cockburn, 1989). They are said to have a population around 26,000 people in Brazil and Venezuela. The Yanomamo’s are a tribe who have lived a certain way for over 8,000 years and their culture is none like I’ve ever read about so I intend to explain their way of life and some of their traditions.
Like many other tribes, the Yanomamo Indians spend most of daily life gardening, hunting, collecting wild foods, collecting firewood, fetching water, visiting with each other. While the men are hunting the women are making baskets and gathering food. They hunt with bows and arrows or blow guns. Their arrow heads are made out of wood shaped twigs or animal bones while other tribes would use scrap metal and the arrows are made out of cane. Their blow guns are also made out of cane and the darts are made from sharpened fibers and balanced on the end with either cotton or the fiber of the kapok tree. Archery training starts while the boys are young and they often use a lizard tied to a string. The Yanomano’s are accurate with a blow gun and even though the darts seem to be weak, with poison it can bring down the biggest animal they hunt.
They smoke a hallucinogenic drug called yopo which has been known to be very painful but they smoke it anyways to be able to speak to spirits. Yopo is made by grinding many different roots found is the rainforest and when use it will put them into a trance state. The drug is taken in by someone else blowing it through a pipe into your nasal cavity. Many other tribes have...