The Yanomamo, Paperback Book
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The Yanomamo of Venezuela and Brazil are a truly remarkable people, and one of the few sovereign tribal societies left on earth.

This classic ethnography, based on the authors extensive fieldwork, includes a brief discussion of events and changes that have occurred since 1996. The Legacy 6th Edition of The Yanomamo also includes a Q&A interview with the author, which reveals his own perspective on his lifes work, reflects changes within the field of anthropology itself, and presents the authors views on the recent decade of controversies that his work has inspired among critics (including some anthropologists).


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I've never really knew much about the Yanomamo before this besides the fact that they lived in circular structures and used hallucinatory drugs. And only that because I had to do a tiny bit of research on them for a class a year ago. But I knew that a lot of other people knew about them, especially other anthropologists. Thus when I saw the class I was tutoring was going to read this book I was excited. Since I also read what they read I was in for an adventure. And it was an adventure. I love learning about new cultures and this is a very distinct culture. I even liked Chagnon's writing style. His voice really came through. I actually even have a favorite quote too which is rare for textbooks. Sometimes I got fed up with the long long chapters, but that was mostly due to class restraints. To get the whole book read in addition to another case study and a generic introduction to cultural anthropology there was a lot of reading each week. I would have liked to take this book just a bit slower. Even still, it was great to finally learn about the Yanomamo. Again, if the reader likes to learn about the big and small aspects of different cultures, it not all that dry. If you don't, it will come off as very dry I'm afraid. So read it only if you like learning about other cultures. That is when it will be worth it. (PS. Movies supplement the book really really well)

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