It’s been a little while since our last discussion topic so I’d say it’s time for a new one. I was very impressed with the quality of your comments last time so I hope you’ll all continue to demonstrate your intellectual and linguistic prowess. Alright, so enough of my verbiage, this week I’d prefer to have you guys do most of the talking (or writing as it were).

This discussion topic will be for Social Studies and we will looking at the Amazonian tribe, the Yanomami. On the website you can read some general information about their lifestyle, history and current threats. It’s interesting to think that while we sit at our computers commenting on a blog, there are people in the world that live in a way so very different from our own. Watch this video to get a first hand account about the current situation with the Yanomami.

After watching the video and reading up a bit on the tribe and the threats they face from intruders, there are several things to consider. As always, I like to list a number of questions so that you all have a variety of issues to consider. It isn’t necessary to answer all of them but at least 2-3 would be good depending on the depth of your response—a stronger and more elaborate answer to 1 or 2 questions is much better than one sentence responses to 5 questions.

 

Progress comes in many forms (good and bad): mining, building roads, education, product importation, medicine, etc. Considering both the potential benefits as well as the inherent risks, do you think that progress is the best solution for Amazonian tribes such as the Yanomami?

What’s the meaning of progress?

Do you think it’s important to keep Amazonian tribes? Why?

Imagine that you lived as a Yanomami. What would your life be like compared to how you live now? What are some of the pros (+) and cons (-) of each lifestyle?

What are some things that we, modern westerners, could learn from the Yanomami way of life?

*If this issue is one that you really care about, you can send a letter to the Brazilian government which expresses your concern for the welfare of Yanomami people. It’s very easy to do—just type your name and click to send.*