This tribe seemed to be the ultimate bounty in terms of career-making studies within anthropology and this has created extreme competition and bitchy infighting among the academics. The politics of anthropology is, unsurprisingly, not something I’m overly familiar with and it’s surprising just how catty and backstabbing they are amongst themselves. It even goes beyond the point of who has the definitive data from the tribe to far more personal attacks.
The other shocking aspect to this story is their bizarre interactions with the tribe who seem to be passed from anthropologist to anthropologist for their numerous studies. One marries a young Yanomami woman, which raises more than an eyebrow at her suspected age of 15 and he brings her back to the US and fails miserably to integrate her into society. Needless to say there is also the hideous story of one highly respected French anthropologist who used his position with the tribe to satisfy his pedophilia by bribing the young male members with Western goods, which he shipped in by the plane load.
Yes first London screening at Goldsmiths of 'Secrets of the Tribe' and I shall certainly go along! Why not join me
Followed by a Q&A session with the producers (Stampede Productions)
Hosted by the Centre for Visual Anthropology
"The field of anthropology goes under the magnifying glass in this fiery investigation of the seminal research on Yanomami Indians." - Sundance Film Festival, 2010
Location: LG02, New Academic Building
Cost: Free - All Welcome
Department: Centre for Visual Anthropology
Time: 27 January 2011, 19:00 - 22:00