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How Napoleon Chagnon Became Our Most Controversial Anthropologist
nytimes ^ | Published: February 13, 2013 | EMILY EAKIN

Posted on 03/16/2013 7:52:12 PM PDT by virgil283

"At 74, Chagnon may be this country’s best-known living anthropologist; he is certainly its most maligned. His monograph, “Yanomamö: The Fierce People,” which has sold nearly a million copies since it was first published in 1968, established him as a serious scientist in the swashbuckling mode — In turning the Yanomami into the world’s most famous “unacculturated” tribe, Chagnon also turned the romantic image of the “noble savage” on its head. Far from living in harmony with one another, the tribe engaged in frequent chest-pounding duels and deadly inter-village raids; violence or threat of violence dominated social life. The Yanomami, he declared, “live in a state of chronic warfare.”

The phrase may be the most contested in the history of anthropology. Colleagues accused him of exaggerating the violence, even of imagining it — a projection of his aggressive personality. As Chagnon’s fame grew — his book became a standard text in college courses — so did the complaints. No detail was too small to be debated, including the transliteration of the tribe’s name. As one commentator wrote: “Those who refer to the group as Yanomamö generally tend to be supporters of Chagnon’s work. Those who prefer Yanomami or Yanomama tend to take a more neutral or anti-Chagnon stance.”

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: anthropologist; godsgravesglyphs; napoleonchagnon; savages
To the left, any suggestion that any native peoples could be savage is to blaspheme science and any interloper must be destroyed along with his proof and his career---Americans are the only savages---no one
1 posted on 03/16/2013 7:52:12 PM PDT by virgil283
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To: virgil283

I own a copy of that, “Yanomamö: The Fierce People”.

2 posted on 03/16/2013 7:57:14 PM PDT by ansel12 ( August 29,2008 A Natural Born Reformer inadvertently unleashed within palace walls, change ensues.)
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To: ansel12

how was it ?

3 posted on 03/16/2013 7:58:02 PM PDT by virgil283 ( ... pride is a hindrance to truth,.... Roosh)
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Everybody knows primitives are violent and tangled up in “perpetual war for perpetual peace.” Anthropologists, archaeologists, and other social scientists pretend otherwise for ideological reasons, but also through a failure to think proportionally. Obviously tribes with, say, a dozen males of fighting age won’t ever put io statistics like modern nation states in WWII. But if a mere one of them dies that’s a ten percent casualty. If ten percent of our population were to die tomorrow That’d be thirty or so million people. Think about it.

4 posted on 03/16/2013 8:01:09 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

Sorry, I didn’t mean to put “a dozen,” so the math is off.

5 posted on 03/16/2013 8:13:06 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: virgil283

I was an anthro major in the late 60’s at Chapman College in Southern California. This was one among many field research books I had to read. It was a great relief to read something that finally wasn’t fawning over primitive people or Indians like they were the “noble savages.” The young associate professor (well he was 28 then, but that seemed old at the time LOL) that taught this particular class was an acquaintance of Chagnon’s.

I remember my reactions to this book to this day. It had a great ring of truth to it. Put me in Chagnon’s camp versus the others.

(I am Choctaw)

6 posted on 03/16/2013 8:18:46 PM PDT by oldplayer
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To: virgil283

I don’t really remember, it was fun and I remember enjoying it but I would have to pick it up and flip through it to remember much.

7 posted on 03/16/2013 8:29:37 PM PDT by ansel12 ( August 29,2008 A Natural Born Reformer inadvertently unleashed within palace walls, change ensues.)
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Thanks virgil283. I think this or something like it has been posted before, but I'm too tired to check.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.

8 posted on 03/16/2013 8:36:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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There are plenty of primitive cultures that don't fit the leftist notion of the noble savage. The Jivaroan peoples in Ecuador had a culture based on violence and fighting, with the most common cause of death for men being murder. They were one of the few indigenous cultures in that area not conquered by the Spanish.

On the day that the Conquistadors demanded that they surrender and pay tribute to them thousands of Jivaro came out of the jungle and massacred all but a few of the Spanish present.

By the 1950s their houses were designed with fortifications to defend against gunfire, even among friends firearms were at the ready during every visit. A visitor would expect his host's wife to eat from the same bowl of food before he did, to reduce the chance of being poisoned.

9 posted on 03/16/2013 9:19:29 PM PDT by freeandfreezing
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To: freeandfreezing

and american indian tribes were not environmentally friendly or peaceful either.

10 posted on 03/16/2013 9:45:45 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”)
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To: bravo whiskey

At the least wiped out the mammoth and horses and burned down the great plains forests.

11 posted on 03/17/2013 7:29:18 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: oldplayer

You would probably enjoy this book. I did.

The notion that primitive tribes are more peaceful doesn’t even make any sense. What do these ideologues think would happen to a “non-violent” tribe that came into contact with a “violent” tribe?

Well, here’s part of your answer. They’d likely be killed and eaten, as the Moriori were. They actually were a peaceful tribe, as they’d developed alternative ways of handling conflict necessary in their very resource-poor environment.

Then they met their cousins the Maori...

12 posted on 03/17/2013 2:05:07 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: virgil283

I learned a lot from that book about the Yanomama.

This one is even more eye opening:

The history book writers often brushed over the worst aspects of both pioneers and native tribes.

BTW, some of my Commanche ancestors were very inhospitable to invading white eyes!

13 posted on 03/17/2013 4:24:12 PM PDT by darth
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To: darth

Thanks for the heads up . I’ve ordered it....’V’

14 posted on 03/17/2013 6:18:04 PM PDT by virgil283 ( ... May you escape the gallows, avoid distress, and be as healthy as a trout)
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