The Yanomami is a vast indigenous tribe, situated in the Amazon rainforests and mountains circumscribing Brazil and Venezuela. The number of inhabitants in this tribe was once over 35,000 individuals who lived in about 250 villages. This tribe started over 8,000 years ago, and is still around today.
The Yanomami practice slash-and-burn agriculture and live in small, scattered, semipermanent villages. They supplement their crop of plantains, cassava, tubers, corn (maize), and other vegetables with gathered fruits, nuts, seeds, grubs, and honey. They hunt monkeys, deer, tapirs, fowl, and armadillos.
The Yanomami Have the sticks going through their nose and ears for decorations and ceremonial purposes. Yanomami children help their mothers, And daughters can be promised to a man as soon as they are born. Yanomami children usually learn for 4 hour every day.
The Yanomami are known as hunters, fishers, and horticulturists. The women cultivate cooking plantains and cassava in gardens as their main crops. Men do the heavy work of clearing areas of forest for the gardens. Another food source for the Yanomami is grubs.
The Yanomami tribe in South America are also known as Yanam or Senema are found in Venezuela and parts of Brazil. This tribe has a weird burial ritual akin to cannibalism called Endocannibalism. Endocannibalism is the practice of eating the flesh of a dead person from the same community, tribe or society.
Many of the factors that seem to stimulate violent conflict among the Yanomami revolve around cultural traditions that have been incredibly common the world over, and pre-date Western contact, such as wife capture raids, sorcery accusations and revenge attacks.
The Yanomami dress very eccentrically and decorate their bodies with paints, beads, and much more. They dress quite unconventionally with the women not wearing tops and men only wearing small loincloths. Most of this is caused by the warm climate in South America.
Most tribes live entirely off the forests, savannas and rivers by a mixture of hunting, gathering and fishing. They grow plants for food and medicine and use them to build houses and make everyday objects.
1: an indigenous people inhabiting the rain forests of southern Venezuela and northern Brazil also: a member of the Yanomami people.
We found out about the Ashaninka of Peru who paint their faces on a daily basis to show their moods and feelings and the Yanomami whose facepaint represents their unity and community spirit.
Deforestation is causing the people of the Yanomami Tribe and also other tribes to lose their homes. The main threats to rainforests is logging for the wood and for the land. The gold miners shot them, destroyed villages built by the Yanomami Tribe and exposed them to diseases which they did not have immunity to.
The Yanomami practice endocannibalism, eating the flesh of a deceased tribe member. They believe that consuming the deceased’s ashes keeps the deceased’s spirit alive for the next generations. The deceased’s spirit can ‘t reach peace in the spirit world until they eat the soup.
The Yanomamö are an aggressive people: at least one-fourth of all adult males die a violent death. Ferocity, ‘ waiteri ‘, is perceived as a male virtue. Wife beating is common. They still engage in their traditional warfare, staging hit-and run raids to abduct women.
There are approximately 35,000 Yanomami people who live in some 200–250 villages. They live in shabonos, which are villages made with wood, straw and palm leaves. They are also called Yanomamo and Yanam. The word ” Yanomami ” means “human being”.
The most commonly spoken language is Yanomamö (20,000 speakers).