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the Yanomamo Indians of southern Venezu ela, Dr. Napoleon A. Chagnon gathered the material that appears in his chapter of Prim itive Worlds. The "Fierce People," as they call themselves, wage war with spirit allies as well as with arrows. On a jungle trail Dr. Chagnon takes part in a nervous peace parley between two villages, ending-temporarily, at least-20 years of treachery and bloodshed. You'll visit, too, such peoples as the Somba of northern Dahomey, West Africa, who build miniature mud-brick castles in defense against belligerent neighbors; Kenya's proud Tur kana; and the Tarahumara of Mexico, virtual ly unchanged since the Spanish conquest. America's Inland Waterway, third in the series, takes you coasting with GEOGRAPHIC Senior Assistant Editor Allan C. Fisher, Jr., down the remarkable 2,000-mile water highway from Massachusetts to Key West. Cruising New England waters in the wake of the whalers, author Fisher puts in to storied ports like New Bedford and Newport, Woods Hole and Vineyard Haven. Living history permeates the route, from Connecticut's Mystic Seaport-one of the world's great maritime museums-to Cape Kennedy, where spacecraft lift off over shoals on which Span ish treasure galleons foundered. Americans are heading for the water in lemminglike waves, in more than seven mil lion boats by latest estimate. They seek, in E. RICHARD SOHtNbUN Seashell moustache adorns a warrior of the New Guinea highlands (left). A New Heb rides villager displays cult objects from a men's ceremo nial house. Little touched by civilization, the varied cul tures of these and other re mote groups unfold before you in Primitive Worlds: People Lost in Time.