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August 11, 2017

A Man Called "Bee": Studying the Yanomamo (1975)

"Follows anthropologists Napoleon Chagnon as he collects anthropological field data among the Yanoama Indians of southern Venezuela."

Afterward/afterword: "Napoleon Chagnon is a Living World Treasure."

Arguably our greatest anthropologist, he is brave on two fronts. As a field worker in the Amazon forest he has lived, intimately and under conditions of great privation, with The Fierce People at considerable physical danger to himself. But the wooden clubs and poison-tipped arrows of the Yanomamö were matched by the verbal clubs and toxic barbs of his anthropologist colleagues in the journal pages and conference halls of the United States. And it is not hard to guess which armamentarium was the more disagreeable to him.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 11, 2017 06:24 AM