Napoleon Chagnon spent 19 months living among them, gathering information about their genealogies and the value they placed on aggression in their societies (such as public wife beatings to assert their manliness). He arrived with visions of being “adopted into their way of life” so he could be listed among “successful anthropologists.” However, he was met with intense culture shock in the form of: deception and greed. A few highlights of culture shock include: being met with gnats the bit him and made him swell up; an astonishing lack of hygiene; laundry conundrums; villagers constantly high on hallucinogens; and difficulty getting enough food. Along with these came great loneliness because he was away from his family. He tried to make friends, but those “friends” robbed him, cunningly got him to give them his tools, begged for goods from Napoleon, the rich “subhuman,” and mocked him. In an attempt to get along with them, he would give in to their demands for tools or food, but soon found this to only make the problem worse, as they would come back demanding bigger and better goods. Through this he found he needed to be just as cunning to be accepted into their culture. In an effort to gather information on genealogies, he went about collecting the names of the villagers. Sadly this turned into an opportunity for the people to make up whatever hilarious and crude name they wanted, so he could never trace it to another person. They would then laugh uproariously as he would accidentally call people names such as “hairy vagina.” To counteract these attempts, he meticulously chose people that he felt were being truthful or had married in to the Yanomamo tribe. He would gage whether the list of names was truly related by the level of aggression the informant would react with, to see if the informant had been related or not.
Doing Fieldwork among the Yanomamo: Response
Shaki, or Napoleon A. Chagnon’s 15 month enculturation with the Yanomamo tribe, Bisaasi-teri is characterized by fear, discomfort, loneliness, nosiness, and invaluable experiences through relationships and modesty about human culture. Chagnon documents the experience through the struggle and discovery surrounding his proposed research, as his lifestyle gradually comes in sync with the natural functions of his community. Much of his focus and time was….
of Napoleon Chagnon
There is no doubt that Napoleon Chagnon’s study of the Yanomamo provided the outside world as well as many anthropologists alike with great insight into the lifestyle and culture of these indigenous people living in the Amazon rainforest. Although, with this being true, Chagnon has also been accused of over-emphasizing the fierceness of the Yanomamo, using unethical methods to collect data, and overall crossing the line of professionalism when studying the Yanomamo countless….
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….
Chagnon gained access to the Yanomamo by offering trade goods to the Yanomamo natives. Trade goods included machetes and other modern day goods in which the Yanomamo wanted but would never encountered in the worldly goods. Chagnon traded for goods that he didn’t need like native’s bows. He did this kind of trading so the natives would accept him and not get pissed off if he gave out gifts not to everyone. Chagnon used many techniques to establish a rapport with the Yanomamo. Chagnon from time to….
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….
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….
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….
A summary of Napoleon B.
Napoleon was one of the greatest military commanders in history. He has also been portrayed as a power hungry conqueror. He argued that he was building a federation of free peoples in a Europe united under a liberal government. But if this was his goal, he wanted to achieve it by taking power in his own hands. However, in the states he created, Napoleon granted constitutions, introduced law codes, abolished feudalism, and created efficient governments.
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….
Plan of Attack
At my research site I plan on taking notes my in a small notebook so I could easily jot down notes as I see/hear things occur. On my notes I will make sure to include date, time, specific facts, numbers, sensory impressions and summaries of conversations. I will just jot down phrases or words to remember what I saw or something to easily trigger my memory. The elongated notes I will write them as soon as possible….