YANOMAMI CASE STUDIES

Berwick, Dennison, 1992, Savages: The Life and Killing of the Yanomami, London, CA: Hutchinson. [This is a journalist's investigation of the catastrophic consequences of the invasion of illegal gold miners into Yanomami territory in Brazil during the 1980s].
F 2520.1 .Y3 B478 1992

Biocca, Ettore, 1996, Yanoama: The Story of Helena Valero, a Girl Kidnapped by Amazonian Indians, New York, NY: Kondasha International. [This is a remarkable biographical account of a girl kidnapped by the Yanomami who matured, married, and lived among them until late in her life with many ethnographic observations and insights].

Borofsky, Robert F., ed., 2004, Yanomami: The Fierce Controversy And What We Might Learn From It, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. [This edited book documents an unprecedented debate among six anthropologists on different sides of the Darkness in El Dorado controversy with extraordinarily informative and penetrating commentary by the editor].

Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1974, Studying the Yanomamo, New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston [This is a technical survey of field methods employed by the author in his extensive studies of Yanomami social organization, demography, politics, history, and related matters].
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Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1992, Yanomamo: The Last Days of Eden, San Diego, CA: Harvourt Brace Jovanovich. [This is a popular version of his college case study].
F 2520.1 .Y3C5 1992

Chagnon, Napoleon A., 1997, Yanomamo, Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace (Fourth Edition). [This is the classic ethnography which made the Yanomami and the author celebrities in anthropology and the world beyond, although it has been called into serious question in recent years by Patrick Tierney's book and the ensuing controversy and debate which erupted in the profession and media].
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Donner, Florinda, 1993, Shabono: A Visit to a Remote and Magical World in the South American Rainforest. [This is a novel about the personal experiences, observations, and insights of a female anthropologist living and working among the Yanomami which most ably portrays their humanity, although the book is very problematic in some respects].
F 2520.1 .Y3 D66 1992

Ferguson, R. Brian, 1995, Yanomami Warfare: A Political History, Santa Fe, NM: School for American Research Press. [This is a most thorough and penetrating ethnohistorical and ethnological analysis of the impact of Western trade goods and other external forces of cultural change among the Yanomami in relation to the intra- and inter-village dynamics of conflict and aggression].
F 2520.1 .Y3 F47 1995

Good, Kenneth R., with David Chanoff, 1991, Into the Heart: One Man's Pursuit of Love and Knowledge among the Yanomami, Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley. [This is a remarkably candid personal account of fieldwork among the Yanomami over a period of more than a dozen years with equally remarkable observations and comments on the Yanomami, American life and culture, anthropology, and academia].
F 2520.1 .Y3 G66 1991

Lizot, Jacques, 1985, Tales of the Yanomami: Daily Life in the Venezuelan Forest, New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. [In many respects this remains the best ethnography on the Yanomami in spite of allegations against the author which surfaced in the Darkness in El Dorado controversy].
F 2520.1 .Y3 L592 1991

Peters, John, 1998, Life Among the Yanomami: The Story of Change Among the Xilixana on the Mucajai River in Brazil, Orchard Park, NY: Broadwview Press. [In this book a former missionary turned anthropologist analyzes cultural change among the Yanomami based on more than a decade of living and working with them along with his own family].
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Rabben, Linda, 1998, Unnatural Selection: The Yanomami, the Kayapo and the Onslaught of Civilization, Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. [This is a sensitive comparative study of cultural contact and change by an anthropologist specializing in the Amazon, Brazil, indigenous societies, and human rights activism].

Ramos, Alcida Rita, 1995, Sanuma Memories: Yanomami Ethnography in Times of Crisis, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press. [This is a penetrating analysis of cultural contact and change among Brazilian Yanomami in tandem with the author's changing approach from basic research to human rights advocacy by a Brazilian anthropologist who has worked with the Yanomami for decades including in dangerous crisis situations].

Ritchie, Mark, 2000, Spirit of the Rainforest: A Yanomamo Shaman's Story, Chicago, IL: Island Lake Press (Second Edition). [This is the first “autobiographical ethnography” by a Yanomami and includes a critique of some anthropologists who have worked among them in Venezuela, especially Jacques Lizot].

Salamone, Frank, 1996, Who Speaks for the Yanomami?, Williamsburg, VA: Studies in Third World Societies Publication No. 57. [This is a fascinating and important record of a controversy and debate between anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon and Catholic missionaries over the latter’s impact on the Yanomami in Venezuela].
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Salamone, Frank, 1997, The Yanomami and Their Interpreters: Fierce People or Fierce Interpreters? Lanham, MD: University Press of America. [This is another version of the above book].
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Smole, William J., 1976, The Yanoama Indians: A Cultural Geography, Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. [This is a general cultural ecology of Parima highland Yanomami subsistence and economy with extensive historical notes].
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Tierney, Patrick, 2001, Darkness in El Dorado: How Scientists and Journalists Devastated the Amazon, New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Co. [This is an extremely controversial book by an investigative journalist based on a decade of archival and field research which alleges numerous, diverse, and repeated violations of professional ethics and human rights by anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon and several associates while working among the Yanomami in Venezuela off and on over three decades].
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