Yanomamo - Article 1 Doing Fieldwork among the Yanomamo1 Napoleon A Chagnon VIGNETTE The Yanomamo are thinly scattered over a vast and verdant

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Article 1 Doing Fieldwork among the Yanomamo1 Napoleon A. Chagnon VIGNETTE The Yanomamo are thinly scattered over a vast and verdant tropical forest, living in small villages that are separated by many miles of unoccupied land. They have no writing, but they have a rich and complex language. Their clothing is more decorative than protective. Well- dressed men sport nothing more than a few cotton strings around their wrists, ankles, and waists. They tie the foreskins of their penises to the waist string. Women dress about the same. Much of their daily life revolves around garden ing, hunting, collecting wild foods, col lecting 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. Life is relatively easy in the sense that they can 'earn a living' with about three hours' work per day. Most of what they eat they cultivate in their gar dens, and most of that is plantains—a kind of cooking banana that is usually eaten green, either roasted on the coals or
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Yanomamo - Article 1 Doing Fieldwork among the Yanomamo1 Napoleon A Chagnon VIGNETTE The Yanomamo are thinly scattered over a vast and verdant

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