Playlist:  Fieldnotes and Footage with the Yanomami by Jenna Makowski, Alexander Street Press

Compiled in 1968 and 1971 by filmmaker Timothy Asch and anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon, this series of ethnographic footage describes elements of the daily life of the Yanomami, an isolated tribe indigenous to Venezuela and Brazil. Core to anthropology as a discipline and to a broader understanding of human diversity and social structure, these clips continue to influence contemporary global debate about the social and environmental degradation of the Amazon.
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Gender Roles and Bathing (A Father Washes His Children)
written by Napoleon A. Chagnon, 1938- and Timothy Asch, 1932-1994; directed by Timothy Asch, 1932-1994 and Napoleon A. Chagnon, 1938-; produced by Documentary Educational Resources (DER), in Yanomamö (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1974), 14 mins  
Dedeheiwä's wife, Hadakoama , was ill and remained for several days in her hammock, regaining her strength. Unlike many men, Dedeheiwä willingly assumed the task of fetching the drinking water and bathing the children - - including a grandaughter. He had earlier obtained a small quantity of soap from the anthropologist which he used to wash the children.
11:55
4 Apr 2014
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Creative Fruit Picking (Climbing the Peach Palm)
written by Timothy Asch, 1932-1994 and Napoleon A. Chagnon, 1938-; directed by Timothy Asch, 1932-1994 and Napoleon A. Chagnon, 1938-; produced by Timothy Asch, 1932-1994 and Napoleon A. Chagnon, 1938-, in Yanomamö (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER)), 9 mins  
The Ya̧nomamö cultivate peach palm trees--RASHA--near their villages. The rasha trees produce a large crop in the dry season and, occasionally, a small crop in the wet season. The trunk of the tree is covered with rows of long, sharp thorns. Climbing the tree to harvest the fruit is a delicate operation which is effected with a pair of climbing frames. Waharu , who married into the village, was sent out to collect his in-laws’ rasha fruit.
07:31
4 Apr 2014
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Yanomamo: Arrow Game
written by Napoleon A. Chagnon, 1938- and Timothy Asch, 1932-1994; directed by Timothy Asch, 1932-1994 and Napoleon A. Chagnon, 1938-; produced by Napoleon A. Chagnon, 1938- and Timothy Asch, 1932-1994, in Yanomamö (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1974), 7 mins  
In the center of the village, young boys shoot blunt arrows at each other to improve their archery skills. It is a hazardous game for the arrows can put out an eye. Möawä's son, Auma , was wounded below the eye in this battle. The game ended when Möawä threatened to avenge his son. Möawä's brother consoled Auma and inspected his superficial wound.
05:27
4 Apr 2014
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Learning Through Play (Children's Magical Death)
written by Timothy Asch, 1932-1994 and Napoleon A. Chagnon, 1938-; directed by Timothy Asch, 1932-1994 and Napoleon A. Chagnon, 1938-; produced by Timothy Asch, 1932-1994 and Napoleon A. Chagnon, 1938-, in Yanomamö (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER)), 8 mins  
Children begin learning adult roles early in Ya̧nomamö culture. As their fathers and older brothers take hallucinogenic snuff and chant to the hekura spirits to cure sickness and punish enemies, the young boys observe and imitate them. In the film which follows, a group of boys ranging in age from 4 to 10 years blow common ashes into each others’ nostrils and chant magical songs as they become “intoxicated”.
06:07
4 Apr 2014
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Yanomamo: Gift-giving and Avoidance Taboo (Bride Service)
written by Timothy Asch, 1932-1994 and Napoleon A. Chagnon, 1938-; directed by Timothy Asch, 1932-1994 and Napoleon A. Chagnon, 1938-, in Yanomamö (Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 1975), 9 mins  
Ethnographic raw footage illustrating gift-giving traditions in Yanomamo culture and its associated taboos.
07:04
4 Apr 2014
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