Warriors of the Amazon
To explore life-cycle events of the Amazonian Yanomami people and compare those events to those that students experience.
- copy of "Community Values" student handout
Discuss the significant life-cycle events of the Yanomami people that
students observed. Which practices seem specific to individual people or
families? Which practices seem to be generally observed by all members of the
To help students explore these issues in a careful manner,
distribute the "Community Values" student handout.
are finished, have them do a similar chart for themselves and then compare the
two. Students could also complete a third chart for another culture and make
comparisons among the three charts.
In the Yanomami family section, students should include the values of
mother and daughter staying together and a husband working for his
father-in-law. In the Yanomami community section, students should
include the behaviors of hunting and fishing, the value of mourning death, and
the rituals of cremation and consuming the ashes of the dead. In the Yanomami
culture section, students should include the values of marriage, family,
leadership, and belief in spirits; and the rituals of tattooing, performing a
dance to show strength, using medicine and calling on spirits to cure
illnesses, and sharing food and exchanging gifts to restore peace. After
completing the activity, students should recognize that several behaviors,
values, and rituals of the Yanomami people exist in many other cultures,
including their own.