Topics: Marriage, Kinship, Ya̧nomamö Pages: 2 (661 words) Published: May 14, 2012
Yanomamo people are of Central Brazil and the oldest example of the pre-Columbian forest footmen. The Yanomamo had very little contact with the outside world until the 1980's. The Yanomamo language consists of a variety of dialect, but no real written language. Although they have no written language, the Yanomamo possess a large vocabulary and possess "oral literature." This makes it hard for them to keep a record of their history because of their lack of writing.

Yanomamo people live in small tribes and they sleep in huts that they refer to as sabonos. They wear little to no clothes. They spend their days gardening, hunting, gathering, making crafts and spending time with each other. They have a chiefs, are men who are responsible for the general knowledge and safety of the group's women.

The Yanomamo live in constant warfare with other tribes and even within their own group. Their marriages are arranged according to performances of one's relatives in battle. The marriages is arrange by older family members such as brother, uncle or father. They have a shortage of women in their culture but men have more than one wife oddly. It's such a shortage that they marry their cousin. Our cousin look down on people marrying their family members. The Yanomamo technology is a pole and vine bridge. They use these things for hunting and gathering food. They have clay pots which are very fragile, they use to prepare food. The men prepare food because the women are not allowed to use the pots. The life of Yanomamo people is indeed filled with violence. Some thirty percent of men die violently and nearly half of the men who have reached the age of twenty-five have participated in a killing. They regularly beat their wives. It often happens; even they don’t have any particular reason, simply to show her that they care for her. Newborn children are often cruelly murdered in gruesome ways such as choking a child with a stick,...

References: indian-cultures.com/Cultures/yanomamo.html
Nowak, B., & Laird, P. (2010). Cultural anthropology. San Diego, Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
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