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Tradition And Change Among The Yanomamo Of VenezuelaOctober 11, 2012 1:30 PMKetner Auditorium, Sykes Building, Queens University of Charlotte Main Campus
Free and open to the public
Speaker: Dr. Richard Chacón, Winthrop University
Sponsored by Queens' Center for Latino Studies, the Department of Foreign Languages and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Chacón will discuss how the traditional Yanomamö Indian ways of life are changing as a result of influence by the Western world. Special emphasis is placed in the cultural variation found among traditional Highland and Lowland villages of this of this Amazonian tribe.Dr. Richard J. Chacon is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Winthrop University who has conducted anthropological investigations throughout Latin America and has a special interest in encouraging members of minority communities to pursue higher education. His specializations are in optimal foraging theory, Amerindian subsistence strategies, warfare, ritual violence, native beliefs, the development of complex societies, ethnohistory and the effects of globalization in addition to analyzing the impacts of missionization on indigenous peoples. His publications include: The Ethics of Anthropology and Amerindian Research: Reporting on Environmental Degradation and Warfare, North American Indigenous Warfare and Ritual Violence, Latin American Indigenous Warfare and Ritual Violence and The Taking and Displaying of Human Body Parts as Trophies by Amerindians.