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1 Napoleon A. Chagnon 1938-Present

2 Napoleon A. Chagnon Best known for his extensive ethnographic fieldwork among the Yanomamö Began his fieldwork in 1964 and ended in 1988, although he has returned intermittently since then Warfare, genealogies, marriage patterns, steel tools, controversy, vaccinations

3 Warfare

4 Controversy! Tierneys allegations: Measles outbreak Chagnon frequently traded tools to his informants Machete, steel ax Theory that Chagnon incited Yanomamö warfare by injecting prized possessions into their society. The Ax Fight Cites Yanomamö have had access to some steel tools for as long as 100 years American Anthropological Association report (2002) Refutes most of Tierneys claims

5 Chagnon the Ethnobotanist Yanomamo gardens provide 80-90% of typical diet – Brazil nuts, palm and hardwood fruits, avocado, papaya, hot peppers, plantains, tobacco, cotton, arrow cane, several tubers ohina, hukomo Extensive cultural use of Banisteriopsis (yaje) and ebena snuff – Containing Virola theiodora, Justica pectoralis, and Elizabetha princeps

6 N,N-dimethyltryptamine

7 Major Publications: Yanomamö: The Fierce People, 1968 Chagnon, N. (1974), Studying the Yanomamö, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston Yanomamö– The Last Days Of Eden, 1992 Adaptation and Human Behavior: An Anthropological Perspective (with Lee Cronk and William Irons), 2002

8 Filmography/Visual Anthropology The Yanomamo Series – The Ax Fight (1975), Children's Magical Death (1974), Magical Death (1988), A Man Called Bee: A Study of the Yanomamo (1974), Yanomamo Of the Orinoco (1987). Tim Asch, filmmaker Myth of Naro (Dedeheiwa)


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