Week+2+Assignment.+Confronting+the+Yąnomamő

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Confronting the Yąnomamő: The experience of culture shock A small motorboat chugged steadily along the Orinoco River in central Brazil’s immense tropical rain forest. The anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon was nearing the end of a three-day journey to the home territory of the Yąnomamő, one of the last cultures to come into contact with the outside world. Some 12,000 Yąnomamő live in villages scattered along the border of Venezuela and Brazil. . Much of their daily life revolves around gardening, hunting, collecting wild foods, collecting firewood, fetching water, visiting with each other, gossiping, and making the few material possessions they own: baskets, hammocks, bows, arrows, and colorful pigments with which they paint their bodies. Warfare among local groups is a frequent feature of their lives. By 2:00 p.m., Chagnon had almost reached his destimation. The hot sun and humid air were almost unbearable. Chagnon’s clothes were soaked with sweat, and his face and hands were swollen from the bites of gnats swarming around him. But he scarcely
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2010 for the course SOC 40187 taught by Professor Robert during the Fall '09 term at UC Davis.

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