Who are the Yanomami? How does Chagnon describe them? And what aspects of their society do the critics of Chagnon’s work say he ignores?

  1. Who are the Yanomami? How does Chagnon describe them? And what aspects of their society do the critics of Chagnon’s work say he ignores?
  2. Despite the numerous critiques of Chagnon and his methods, what are some of the insights into Chagnon’s motivations as an anthropologist that were gleaned from the various editions of his book?
  3. Was Tierney the first person to bring up the controversial issues surrounding Chagnon and Neel’s work? Who was the first person, what did that person say, and to whom did they address their concerns? Were these concerns heeded?
  4. What was Chagnon’s relationship with the Salesian missionaries? Describe briefly some of their interactions and opinions of each other.
  5. Why do some people say that there are power differentials between anthropologists and their subjects? Do you think there are really such power differentials or do modern anthropologist give back enough to their informants for the information that they receive?

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