Yanomami villager building his house from trees, vines and leaves from the jungle. For thousands of years the Yanomami have lived in balance with their environment. Their population has grown and territory expanded. The Amazon rain forest provided them with all of their needs, shaped their culture and directed their believes. In fifteen short years the Yanomami populations has been devastated by violence and diseases they have no immunity to. Confused and disoriented by their sudden thrust into the twentieth century's culture and technology, their beliefs, cultural systems, self esteem and sense of identity have degenerated.