Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1938-. Yanomamö warfare, social organization and marriage alliances

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A. Statement Of Thesis

The Weakness Of Kinship 1

Village Size And Demography

Belligerent Ideology And Aggressive Behavior

Economic Practices

B. The Data And Field Techniques

Chapter I Yanomamö Culture And Earlier Anthropological Work 1

A. Yanomamö Culture

B. Anthropological Work On The Yanomamö

Chapter Ii The Demographic Basis Of Warfare, Political Alliance, And Settlement Dynamics 1

A. The Shortage Of Women And Feuding

B. The Effects Of Warfare On Settlement Pattern And Economic Practices 1


Chapter Iii Descent, Marriage, Kinship And Ideology

A. Yanomaö Corporate Lineal Descent Groups And Marriage

B. Yanomamö Kinship 1

1. Marriage Ties

2. Agnatic Ties

C. Ferocity And Bellicosity

Chapter Iv Village Composition, Structure, And Size

A. Village Composition And Structure

B. Village Size And Warfare


Chapter V The History Of Five Yanomamö Villages

A. The History Of The Namowei-tedi Group

Area 1: Konata-tedi (see Map C)

Area 2: Wareta-tedi

Area 3: Namowei-tedi

Area 4: Hahoyaoba-tedi

Area 5: Patanowä-täka

Area 6: Shihota-täka

Area 7: Kreiböwei-tedi

Area 8: Mahekodo-tedi

Area 9: Kobou-täka

Areas 10 And 11: Monou-tedi And Barawä-tedi

Area 12: Bisaasi-tedi

B. The History Of The Paruritawä-tedi

Area 1: Aramamisi-käkö

Area 2: Shirakoböwei

Area 3: Boraböwei

Area 4: Kayurewä

Area 5: Konabuma

Area 6: Paruritawä-tedi

C. The War Pattern From November 1964 To February 1966

The War Between Monou-tedi And Patanowä-tedi

Kinship Ties Mitigating The Hostility Of The War Between The Monou-tedi And The Patanowä-tedi

The Split Within Patanowä-tedi


Chapter Vi Conclusions

Appendix A Village Composition And Genealogy Of Lower Bisaasi-tedi

Comments On Particular Individuals

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Yanomamö warfare, social organization and marriage alliances

Published By: Original publisher Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms. 1967. 3, 9, 221 leaves

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Napoleon Alphonseau Chagnon

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Yanoama (SQ18)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Ingroup antagonisms (578); Kin groups (610); Regulation of marriage (582);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this study, Chagnon found that a situation of extreme aggression characterized intra-tribal relations among the Yanoama of the Mavaca Basin of Venezuela. Among these Yanoama Indians villages split frequently due to conflicts between residents. Warfare is most frequent and fierce between villages that have developed from such splits. The most frequent cause for conflict is the shortage of women. Alliances between villages are very unstable because of the frequency of warfare. Chagnon found that this high level of conflict was not at all characteristic of the Yanoama of the Uraricaa River area in northern Brazil.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 10

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. sq18-010

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: UM 67-8226 Thesis (Ph.D.) - University of Michigan, 1966 Bibliography: p. 216-221

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1964-1966

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Sigrid Khera ; John Beierle

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1964-1966 (p. introductory p. ii)

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Venezuela

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Yanoama Indians


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