A Man Called Bee Analysis

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Elton Closs ANT 102 Film Analysis: A Man Called Bee PART 1 The 1974 documentary, A Man Called "Bee": Studying the Yanomamo, was directed by Timothy Asch and Napoleon Chagnon and filmed on location with the Yanomamo peoples in South America. In this documentary anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon endeavors to study Yanomamo tribal growth and expansion. According to the film, Yanomamo villages are dispersed throughout Venezuelan and Brazilian forests and total about a hundred and fifty. (Asch, 1974) It is Chagnon’s conclusion that Yanomamo villages grow to a certain size, than split off to form new villages. The offshoots in turn also grow and eventually split off. These migrations can be the result of stress within the village. A village is under constant tension from conflicts within, as well as from outside. Inside tension can be brought on by personal conflicts between men in the village. The reasons for these conflicts can vary from unaddressed grievances from the past, conflicts over women, perceived insults or breeches of etiquette. Depending on kinship and lineage obligations this may cause different political alliances to form. At this point before things get too bad, the aggrieved party may decide to leave the village taking his kin with him to form his own settlement elsewhere. However if tensions finally boil over, a duel or fight may erupt sometimes fought with axes or clubs. These fights may result in death or serious injury. At the very least, a new grievance is born from the out come that eventually festers into a new conflict at a later time. Outside pressures can come from attacks from other villages; usually t... ... middle of paper ... ...cro migrations were determined by military reasons. (Asch, 1974) Lizot also believes that “only excessive military presence can force large scale migration”. (Lizot, 1977: 505) Both anthropologists depict the Yanomamo as being a very fierce people prone to conflict over perceived insults. Lizot also mentions in his article that his focus groups, which consisted of two population groups, may have once been one group. (Lizot, 1977:501) This was Chagnon’s proposal that all Yanomamo groups resulted from splitting off from one another. (Asch, 1974) Bibliography Asch,Timothy and Napoleon Chagnon. (1974). A Man Called "Bee": Studying the Yanomamo (Documentary). USA: Documentary Educational Resources. Lizot, J. (1977). Population, Resources and Warfare Among the Yanomami. Man, Vol. 12, (¾), pp. 497-517.

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