Ya·no·ma·mi also Ya·no·ma·mo\-mō\ or Ya·no·ma·ma\-mə\
Origin of YANOMAMI
Yanomam i̵ (language of the western Yanomami) yanomam i̵, a self-designation
First Known Use: 1967
South American Indians who live in the remote forest of the Orinoco River basin in southern Venezuela and the northern reaches of the Amazon River basin in Brazil. They are hunters and gatherers who also grow crops in gardens by practicing shifting cultivation. Their reputation as a fierce people perpetually at war has been challenged since the late 20th century. Because their survival was threatened by incursions of Brazilian miners, in 1991 the Brazilian government set aside an area of 36,000 sq mi (93,000 sq km) as a homeland.