The Fierce Anthropologists The controversy revolving the tribe of the Yanomamo and the professionals linked to anthropology has caught the world’s attention. Rapid and unforeseeable events have set the tone for the controversy. The study of these Amazonian Indians, who live in regions of the Venezuela and Brazil border, has turned in western exploitation. Accusations about of unethical anthropologist are abundant, but little facts about such accusations are evident. The grand attention that these events have attained has turned into a focus on larger issues in anthropological practices. By comparing the approach and relationships of other research projects, we can identify just ethical standards. Most of the controversy stems from the publications about the Yanomamo tribe by anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon. His 1968 volume Yanomamo: The Fierce People made the tribe famous due to good writing and extensive interaction with one of the most isolated people on the planet. But ultimately, the way that he portrayed them–violent and fierce–is what attracted wide audiences. Much of his books and his video productions are centralized around the theme that the Yanomamo have an immutable trait of violence. According to Chagnon, he collected data, interacted with opposing Yanomamo villages, and received testimony to arrive to his findings. His researched was very lucrative; his book sold more than 4 million copies, which is well beyond the average of other ethnographies. He not only gained financial benefits, he began to be praised and attacked by people around the globe. People accused Chagnon of exaggerating the fact that violence is a part of their culture. For instance, French anthropologist Jacques Lizot, who lived with the Yanomamo for more than twenty years, said that violence is periodic; it does not govern their social life for long periods of time. It is worth noting that Lizot was accused of homosexual acts with young Yanomamo and distributing
A Man Called “Bee”: Studying the Yanomamo
In February of 1971, ethnographer Napoleon Chagnon went and visited a small village in South America to study the people of Yanomamo, a village that no one has ever visited from the outside world. The Yanomamo tribes are South American Indian who spoke different yet similar languages from village to village. They mostly reside in Northern Brazil and southern Venezuela. They live in scattered villages in the forest; they usually grouped by families and often….
The Yanomamo tribes are a large population of native people in South America. They often reside in the Amazon rainforest, between the border of Brazil and Venezuela. Since their place of residency is remote and isolated, they have remained secluded from many aspects in the outside world. Due to their isolation, there are several characteristics of their culture and lifestyle that are affected by this. Some factors that result from their seclusion are their domestic life, clothing….
The Fierce People by Napoleon Chagnon
As mentioned in the introduction before “The Fierce People” by Napoleon Chagnon, each human group has its own culture, meaning that they have their own language, beliefs, values, norms behaviors, and even material objects that characterize a group, then passed on from one generation to the next. Napoleon Chagnon’s passage on coming in contact with the Yanomamo Indians of Northern Venezuela, (known as the “fierce people,” because they still actively conduct….
False Stories lead to Doubt in the “Undercover Parent”
In Harlan Coben’s essay, “The Undercover Parent” he argues that if putting spyware on a child’s computer is morally acceptable. The article starts with Coben showing how at first he was “repelled” by the idea. Coben reflects about how even the name “spyware” would repel parents. Coben’s thoughts change on this issue as the essay continues. Coben makes the point that most parents will not be spying on what their children are doing, but instead….
Yanomamo people are from Central Brazil and they are the oldest example of the pre-Columbian forest footmen. They live in the Amazon rain forest and they are considering the last to have come in contact with the modern world. ( Chagnon, Napoleon. Yanomamö, Fifth Edition. Harcourt Brace College Publishers: Fort Worth 1997) They have no writing system and they have different type of dialects which they use. By having no writing system they have to use verbal commutation to….
Yanomamo Paper Assignment
Napoleon Chagnon has spent about 60 months since 1964 studying the foot people' of the Amazon Basin known as the Yanomamo. In his ethnography, Yanomamo, he describes all of the events of his stay in the Venezuelan jungle. He describes the "hideous" appearance of the Yanomamo men when first meeting them, and their never-ending demands for Chagnon's foreign goods, including his food. There are many issues that arise when considering Chagnon's Yanomamo study. The withholding….
Alex Flint A Fierce Discontent
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The use of anthropologists in intelligence gathering for the military is a very complex subject. To speak upon because, there are many pros and cons they will encounter along the way here is an example of a con that was stated in Chapter- 9 of our textbook “Anthropologists have deep reservations that anthropologists' involvement could hurt civilians,” (Nowak & Laird, 2010). They are right! By given the military personal information could cause horrific trouble. However, pros side of this if anthropologists….
A Fierce Discontent:
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Oliver Sacks is a very famous doctor of neurology as well as a writer. He spent most of his adult life treating patients. Oliver Sacks mostly concentrated on disorders of the brain and nervous system. In a lot of the cases that Sacks dealt with, there was nothing he was able to do to heal the patients. His goal was to find a way to live with and accept their condition as well as possible. Sacks enjoyed dealing with cases mostly about experiences of….