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The Yanomamo culture has been virtually unchanged for nearly 2000 years Trading with the outside world began in the 1950s for the Yanomamo culture bringing diseases and new technology In a matter of 40 years the population was cut in half With the trade hammocks machetes money advanced weaponry guns have infiltrated and mainstreamed their way into the Yanomamo culture Todays Yanomamo culture values strength and dependability in its community Vengeance is also a key part of the Yanomamo culture Children are taught from a very young age that every blow deserves a counterblow This is shown in the scene where the child with the stick is playing with his father They also develop a high pain tolerance from a very young age for example in the movie there was a child of about 2 years old playing with hot wood ashes Another illustration of this point is the childrens facial piercings many of the children aged about 10 had numerous bamboo type facial piercings through their nose cheeks and chin Ritualized drug use is also a daily part of Yanomamo culture Not only used for pleasure but also for the supposed healing of their people The Yanomamo invoke the spirits out of their sick by taking drugs and bringing them into themselves They believe that evil spirits cause all disease and sickness When you receive a gift in the Yanomamo culture it is an unspoken rule that you now are indebted to that person the Yanomamo culture relies on this fact a gift received is a gift owed Women in the Yanomamo culture serve the men A womans worth is dependent mainly upon the amount of brothers she has Marriage to the Yanomamo is a way to gain allies ie brother-in-laws for times of warfare Women do not hunt in the Yanomamo culture and much like the old times of the US it seems that the Yanomamo culture is stuck in a gender stereotyped
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