The Yanomami is a local tribe living in southern Venezuela and northern Brazil. They live in shabonos, these are villages made with wood, straw and palm leaves. They are also called Yanomamo and Yanam. The word ”Yanomami” means ”human being”.
The Yanomami tribe have lived in the rain forests of South America for centuries. They live in small groups, and shelter in grass huts. Each of the sections has its own language. The Yanomami tribe is also known as the Yanomamo. There is an average of 20,000 Yanomami. About 12,000 of them are Yanomamo. They eat plantains which is the most important food. The Yanomami love to hunt. Most of the child raising is done by the females of the family. Yanomami tribe villages sometimes have different languages so people from one may not understand the others. Rituals are a very important part of being a yanomami. There are about 200-250 yanomami villages in the area between the tropic of cancer to Capricorn.
FUN FACTS FOR YANOMAM
- There are about 35,000 Yanomami Indians living today in South American jungles.
- Yanomami have fifteen different types of honey because they consider it a prized item.
- They believe that the spirits of dead people may be able to enter other life forms, so they refrain from killing exotic birds for fear that they contain a family members soul.
- Yanomami villages are made up of large extended families.
- The entire village lives under one roof, called a shabano.
- Shabonos are built from raw materials from the jungle, such as leaves, vines, plums and tree trunks.
- They get heavy damage from rains, winds, and insects, so shabonos are usually rebuilt every 1 to 2 years.