Presented at the Nov. 12, 1974 meeting of the Section of Anthropology. Fieldwork was undertaken among the Panare between the summer of 1967 and the summer of 1969, and again briefly during the winter of 1970. Financial support from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (New York, N.Y.), the U.C.L.A. Latin American Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), the Fundación Creole (Caracas, Venezuela), and an Andrew W. Mellon predoctoral fellowship (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is gratefully acknowledged. I am obliged to Dr. Robert A. Paul whose insightful comments on an earlier draft of this paper have been of great assistance.