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The Yanomamo 6th Edition

Napoleon A. Chagnon

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 1997, 1992, 1983
  • 336 Pages


Based on the author's extensive fieldwork, this classic ethnography, now publishing in a legacy 6th edition, focuses on the Yanomamo. These truly remarkable South American people are one of the few primitive sovereign tribal societies left on earth. This new edition includes events and changes that have occurred since 1992, including a recent trip by the author to the Brazilian Yanomamo in 1995. Also included in this legacy edition will be an interview Q&A with the author revealing his own take on his life's work in the context of recent controversy. This interview will cap the legacy edition with rich perspectives from the author, his fieldwork, and the field of anthropology.

Napoleon A. Chagnon, University of California, Santa Barbara

Napoleon A. Chagnon was born the second of twelve children in Port Austin, Michigan, in 1938. He is married and has two children. He began his academic training at the Michigan College of Mining and Technology at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (now called Lake Superior State University), in the physics curriculum. After one year there, he transferred to the University of Michigan, changed his major to anthropology, and received his B.A. (1961), M.A. (1963), and Ph.D. (1966) degrees in anthropology at the University of Michigan. He then joined the faculty of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan Medical School from which position he participated in an extensive multi- disciplinary study of the Yąnomamö Indians of Venezuela and Brazil. During this time he also held a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, where he taught anthropology courses. He has held positions at Pennsylvania State University, Cambridge University, Northwestern University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. His recent views on Anthropology as a discipline are contained in Noble Savages, his most recent book (2012).
  • New to the 6th edition is a capstone interview with author Napoleon A. Chagnon, conducted by his anthropological colleague and friend of many years, William G. Irons. The Interview---"Reflections on the Yanomamö, Fieldwork & Anthropology"---provides additional information and context for understanding the development of Chagnon's research and analytical perspectives, which also reflect changes within the field of anthropology itself. In addition, the Interview presents Chagnon's views on the recent decade of controversies that his work has inspired among critics (including some anthropologists) – and his brief responses to it and references to three short (on line) publications where the controversies are discussed in more detail.
  • By way of introducing this special Legacy edition of Napoleon A. Chagnon's Yanomamö, we include the preface written on the occasion of the publication of the fifth edition by its Co-Editors (and CSCA Series Founders), George and Louise Spindler.
  • With each new edition to the case study, Chagnon has provided readers with the opportunity to follow developments in the personal and public lives of individual Yanomamö, along with updates on greater events and forces affecting the continuity of their lives and identities as Yanomamö.
  • This ethnography brings new light into interrelationships among the people and the increasing perils to the survival of the Yanomamö populations and culture. The role of the "Shamatari" referred to frequently in Chagnon's recent publications is clarified; the author has worked increasingly in more remote villages, especially among the Mishimishimaböwei-teri. Chagnon describes in moving detail the meeting of two men from two villages that have been estranged, in fact they had been at war, for more than twenty years, and their way of de-escalating hostile feelings.
Author's Preface to the Sixth Edition.
The Killing of Ruwähiwä.
1. Doing Fieldwork among the Yąnomamö.
2. Cultural Ecology.
3. Myth and Cosmos.
4. Social Organization and Demography.
5. Political Alliances, Trading, and Feasting.
6. Yąnomamö Warfare.
7. Alliance With the Mishimishimaböwei-teri.
8. The Acceleration of Change in Yąnomamöland.
9. Interview of the Author by William G. Irons.
References Cited.
Ethnographic Films on the Yąnomamö.

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