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My name is Eric Dunning and this is my proposal to go and study the Yanomamo tribe in the rain forests of Brazil I have compiled a historical outline of the Yanomamo tribe and some of their religion and culture ranging from marital status to the type of food they eat I have chosen this tribe because according to many anthropologists the Yanomamo are perhaps the last culture to have come in contact with the modern worldThe Yanomamo people of Central Brazil are one of the oldest examples of the classic pre-Columbian forest footmen The Yanomamo live in almost complete seclusion in the Amazon rain forests of South America The Yanomamo live in small bands or tribes and live in round communal huts called shabonos which are actually made up of individual living quarters The Yanomamo language consists of a variety of dialect but no real written language Clothes are minimal and much of their daily life revolves around gardening hunting gathering making crafts and visiting with one another These small tribes hold their men in high ranks Chiefs are always men who are held responsible for the general knowledge and safety of the groups women The men are able to beat their wives if they feel the need to and are able to marry more than one woman at a time This loose form of polygamy is a way of increasing the population of the tribe Yanomamo people rely heavily on a system of political alliances based upon relationship As part of that system they have incorporated a complex feasting and trading system into their culture One of these methods of forming political alliances is feasting Feasting is when one village invites another village for a feast or dinner During the feast there is a lot of social activity The Yanomamo dance and mingle with each other along with eating a different variety of foods The only catch is the other village must reciprocate
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