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Op-Ed Essay - ANTH101 Public Anthropology Essay ,exploited,ormanipulatedas theYanomami.,inmyopinion,aretheheartof .?The indigenou

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ANTH101 Public Anthropology Essay Never has an indigenous tribe been as denigrated, exploited, or manipulated as  the Yanomami. Ethics of anthropology and petty politics, in my opinion, are the heart of  the controversy surrounding the Yanomami. Who is more savage and barbarous? The  indigenous peoples of South America? Or the intellectuals and idealists? Many are  concerned that the Yanomami controversy could blacken the authority and influence of  anthropological research. Regardless of past wrongdoings, the genuine problem is not  academic affairs, but how to help protect and preserve the Yanomami from modern  diseases and outside threats. I do not believe that what Napoleon Chagnon and his associate James Neel  were doing was inherently wrong, I believe they were simply misguided. According to  Susan Lindee, a science historian at the University of Pennsylvania, there was nothing  improper  about  the  scientist’s procedures.  From  video  testimonials  and quotations  found, it appears that when the scientists approached the tribe, they offered goods for  the Yanomami’s blood. The Yanomami assumed that it was for the study to prevent  diseases, whereas the goal was to study mitochondrial DNA and to determine whether 
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