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The Yanomami People

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Uhiri, The Forest Land The supreme source of life, for the Yanomami urihi, the forest-land, is not a simple collection of plants and animal settings submitted to the will of human beings. A living entity, it has an essential image (urihinari), breath (wixia), as well as an immaterial fertility principal (në rope). (Albert) Social Structure The Yanomamo practice patrilocal residence and trace descent patrilineally. Members of the same patrilineage refer to themselves as mashi, which simply means” people who are related patrilineally.” Kin groups tend to be localized in villages, and their genealogical depth is rather shallow. Kinship is critical in the arrangement of marriage, and very strong bonds develop between kin groups who exchange women. (Wibert) Visual Art Piercings containing long grasses or palm shoots around the lips and ears are common decoration for women, and both genders will cover themselves in wavy patterns with purple and red paint for celebrations and ceremonies. Assimilation vs. Self Determination The Yanomami people have been subjected to diseases from the "civilized" world, and many have died from not being able to fight it. With the gold rush on their territory they are slowly having their identity stripped from them. There are efforts to change that. Although not having a proper written language, some volunteers went to their tribe in order to teach them not only Portuguese but also a written attempt of their language so that their traditions will live on, while learning the language of the country giving them knowledge and power through education. Works Cited

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Wenger, Brea. "Yanomamo Art - Cultural Anthropology @ KSU." Yanomamo Art - Cultural Anthropology @ KSU. Introduction to Culture Anthropology, n.d. Web. 05 May 2013. Nathalya Campbell, Ling Tan, Ly Hoang Khai Johnny, Yeasin Arafat, Zhang Peizhi The Yanomami People Location of Yanomami people Isolated from the world for as long as 5,000 years
Discovered in the early 1950’s
Undisturbed for next two decades
1973, Brazilian government built Perimetral Norte, a road near the territory of Yanomami which brought thousands of people there to mine gold. The gold rush lasted till 1976
1987, the second wave of gold rush started (That was illegal). Since then at least 2,000 Yanomami (roughly 10% of the overall population) was killed due to diseases (Engelbert). Brief History The Yanomami peoples live in several villages
Each village have their own shabono, which is similar to a hut .
The shabono has an opening in the middle for feasting and ceremonies. Each family has their own place under the roof (Ushiñahua) Housing The Yanomami are very dependent on Amazon Forest’s resources.
Hunting and fishing are their primary food resources
Recently, the Yanomami have started farming. Their main crops are plantains (large bananas) and cassava (Ushiñahua) Resources cassava plantains Traditionally, Yanomami peoples don’t wear clothes.
The Yanomamis people wear feathers and flowers as body decoration (Ushiñahua) Clothing The mate is committed to service and payment for the family of his contra-cted wife. This will consist of working in the field, constructing a canoe, and the provision of meat, the latter being the most significant symbolically and eco-nomically. Meat payment may be made every month, should he live in the same dwelling as the wife-giving family. This meat consists of a bird, fish, a monkey, the leg of a peccary or tapir, depending upon the availability of game. After the hunter catches game, he will enter the communal house carrying the prey on his back, will pass by the wife*giving family's hearth, and literally drop some meat in front of the fire without uttering a word. (Tiffany) Each yanomamo village is an autonomous political entity, free to make war or peace with other villages. (Wibert) Age, sex, and personal accomplishments are important in status differentiation. High status is acquired through valor in combat, accomplished oratory, and expertise in shamanism. High status cannot be inherited; it must be earned. (Wibert) The village headman is the dominant political leader and comes from the largest local patrilineage. When a village is large or when tow local descent groups are approximately equal in size, a village may have several headmen. To be successful leader, the heaman must rely on demonstrated skills in settling disputes, representing the interests of his lineage and dealing with allies and enemies. (Wibert) Conflicts typically arise from accusations of adultery, failure to deliver a betrothed woman, personal affronts, stinginess, or thefts of coveted garden crops such as tobacco and peach-palm fruits. (Wibert) Campbell's Function: Sociological The animals (yaropë) shelters are seen to be avatars of mythic human/animal ancestors of the first humanbeings(yaroripë) who ended up taking animal shape due to their uncontrolled behavior, an inversion of today's rules of living. In the entangled depths of the urihi, in its hills and its rivers, are numerous malefic beings (në waripë), who injure or kill the Yanomami like they were game, causing disease and death. On top of the mountains live the images (utupë) of the animal-ancestors transformed into shamanic spirits, xapiripë. (Albert) The xapiripë were abandoned by Omama to look after humans. . Hidden in the depths of the waters is the house of the monster Tëpërësiki, father-in-law of Omama, where the yawarioma spirits also live; their sisters seduce and young Yanomami hunters go mad, thereforepresenting them the gift and curse to pursue the Shamanic path (Chagnon) The initiation of shamans is painful and ecstatic. During initiation, which involves inhaling the hallucinogenic powder yãkõana (the resin or inner bark fragments of the Virola sp. tree, dried and pulverized) for many days under the supervision of older shamans, they learn to 'see/recognize' the xapiripë spirits and respond to their calls. (chignon) The xapiripë take shape of humanoid miniatures decorated with colorful and brilliant ceremonial ornaments. Their dance of introduction is compared to the noisy and exuberant arrival of richly decorated invited groups during an community reahu festival, in which all nearby tribes are invited. Above all, these spirits are shamanic 'images' (utupë) of forest entities. (Chagnon) 1:Women wear flowers behind their ears and their arms
2:Men wear headdresses and arm bands made from bird feathers
Yanomamo believe that their body art represent bonding and strengthens social ties
(Sociological function) Basket weaving-
Yanomami use a red berry called Onoto to decorate their basket, which is also creatively used for coloring and decorating their clothes as well as their bodies.
The patterns on the baskets are the symbol for their village. The pattern designs on the basket are abstract. The images are taken from the world around them, and also, often from their inner world, their dreams.
(Mystical function) Thank you!
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