Yanomamo: The Fierce People Topics for Discussion

Napoleon Chagnon
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What are some of the main reasons for warfare among the Yanomamo people? What are some of the ways outright war is avoided? Why is this important?

Describe four of the individual people Chagnon encounters. What are their attributes? Weaknesses? Why do you believe this person made sufficient impression on Chagnon for inclusion in his book?

Describe Kaobawa's family. What happens to the infant born during Chagnon's research term? Why did Kaobawa's wife say she killed the infant? Is this reasonable behavior among the Yanomamo?

Describe some of the instances of superstition or supernatural belief that impact life for the Yanomamo. Describe their idea of the cosmos. What are some of the things the Yanomamo most fear?

What difficulty does Chagnon encounter as he is working on genealogies? How does he get around this difficulty?

Describe some of the social taboos of the Yanomamo? What are the...

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