Monday, November 16, 2009

Timothy Asch and Napoleon Chagnon

A Man Called Bee documentary film

A Man Called Bee: Studying the Yanomamo (1974), by Timothy Asch and Napoleon Chagnon, is a classic ethnographic film done by anthropologists. The narration is didactic; the civilized-man-goes-native approach is outdated; the research in general is suspect. Ethnography has changed in the past 35 years, so much so that the film documents a discredited methodology even more than its apparent subject: kinship, myths, and customs of the Yanomamo.
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