Yanomamo: A Multidisciplinary Study

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Arrow Game
A group of boys engages in an arrow fight in the village clearing. They shoot blunt arrows, practicing their aim and learning to dodge the shots. This film is included on the Yanomamo Shorts compilation video. Filmmaker: Timothy Asch, Napoleon Chagnon
The playful side of Yanomamo life is shown on a day during the rainy season when women and children of the village play a game of tug-of-war. (See Tug-of-War, Bushmen) This film is included on the Yanomamo Shorts compilation video. Filmmaker: Timothy Asch, Napoleon Chagnon
A Father Washes His Children
Dedeheiwa, a shaman and headman in his village, takes nine of his children and grandchildren to the river where he washes them carefully and patiently. This film, like A Man and His Wife Weave a Hammock and Weeding the Garden, reveals the warmth and gentleness typical of many kinds of…
A Man and His Wife Weave a Hammock
A village headman, Moawa, weaves a cotton hammock while his wife swings in her own hammock, occasionally touching his leg in a loving gesture. She watches and teases him while playing with their baby. This film is included on the Yanomamo Shorts compilation video. Filmmaker: Timothy Asch, Napoleon Chagnon
Yanomamo Collection
Filmmaker Timothy Asch and anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon collaborated to study and film the Yanomamo Indians. The setting for most of these films is the remote village of Mishimishimabowei-teri, a village whose history and inhabitants Chagnon knew well. Several figures in particular are outstanding: Moawa, a village headman and Dedeheiwa, another…
The Feast
Yanomamo feasts are ceremonial, social, economic, and political events. They are occasions for men to adorn their bodies with paint and feathers, to display their strength in dance and ritualized aggression; for trading partnerships to be established or affirmed; and for the creation or testing of alliances. In the feast…
The strenuousness of women's work is revealed as a woman patiently chops a large log for firewood one evening, enough to last one day. Her two children play nearby, and she occasionally stops to nurse the younger. The wood is loaded into a basket and she walks slowly back to…
Yanomamo of the Orinoco
This tape utilizes film footage from the extensive series of Napoleon Chagnon and Timothy Asch. It was made in conjunction with seventh grade geography teachers in Wayland, Massachusetts schools, to show land use in a South American rain forest. It depicts many of the daily activities of the Yanomamo Indians…
Jaguar: a Yanomamo Twin Cycle Myth as Told by Daramasiwa
The richness of Yanomamo mythology is again revealed in this film (compare Moonblood and both Myths of Naro ), as is the remarkable skill of another Yanomamo storyteller. The myth in this case is that of Jaguar, a prominent figure throughout South American Indian mythology. Long ago, Curare Woman tasted…
New Tribes Mission
The mission in Bisaasi-teri has a style and orientation quite different from the Salesian mission shown in Ocamo is My Town. The New Tribes Mission has been in this region since the early 1950s. Their main goal, the missionary-teacher in the film explains, is spiritual: to bring the message of…
Bride Service
In this vignette from daily life, Dedeheiwa's son returns from hunting and brings a wild turkey and a basket of fruit for his father-in-law. He dumps the goods on the ground, since avoidance rules prohibit him from delivering them directly. Dedeheiwa shouts for someone to collect the offering, and the…
Myth of Naro as Told by Kaobawa
This film presents a version of a myth, different from the Myth of Naro as Told by Dedeheiwa, in narrative detail and also in the individual raconteur's style. The myth concerns the jealousy of Naro the Ugly toward his brother Yanomamo, who is fragrant and beautiful and has two wives.…