Radical Anthropology Group
Next evening talk
The Hadza foragers of Tanzania, one of the world’s few remaining hunting and gathering populations, are currently experiencing large scale shifts in their ecological, nutritional, and socio-political landscapes. Climate change, increased interaction with aid organizations, heightened participation in ethnotourism, and the expansion of wildlife conservation areas have led to conspicuous changes in their identity, patterns of subsistence, and degree of market integration. Despite a long standing (and ever growing) interest in conducting research among the Hadza, very few data are available on how such changes are impacting subsistence and mobility. Here, I discuss my recent trip to Tanzania where I worked with Hadza community members who acted as data collectors and research informants. We collected baseline information on ecological change, land rights, food and water insecurity, and the implications of sharing an ever-shrinking amount of land with an ever-growing number of people (both from within their community and outside). These data not only act to dispel the myth that foragers remain immune to the products and processes of modernization, but also contextualize contemporary variation in subsistence regimes and highlight the resiliency that foragers exhibit in the face of change.
|29 Oct||Noam Chomsky: The Responsibility Of Intellectuals 50 Years On.||Chris Knight, Milan Rai, Jackie Walker|
|5 Nov||‘Woman's Biggest Husband Is The Moon'. An Example Of Women's Solidarity And Power In A Hunter-Gatherer Society.||Jerome Lewis|
|12 Nov||Red Ochre And The Emergence Of Homo Sapiens||Ian Watts|
|19 Nov||Human Evolution: Where Are We Now?||Chris Stringer|
|26 Nov||‘Spirits Of The Rainforest. Self-Government Through Polyphonic Singing’||Ingrid Lewis|
|3 Dec||How Language Evolved From Music.||Jerome Lewis|
|10 Dec||Women, Cosmetics And The Origins Of Art||Camilla Power|
|17 Dec||A Christmas Fairy Tale: The Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces||Chris Knight|
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