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“Hunting is boring and unreliable: let the men do it!”

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Creating an imaginary past has got to stop. Which imaginary past are we talking about? Well, to begin with, it is the fantasy of a past when humans are characterized as "big-game hunters" - mostly men, who are the main ones responsible for feeding their families. The discovery that at least some of the hunters of the distant past were female was seen by some as a blow to this original "Man the Hunter" narrative. Women were also hunters!!  There has even been a suggestion, taken seriously enough to be published, that humans evolved as carnivorous predators, and that it was only after the megafauna became scarce or extinct that people turned to a more omnivorous diet in an economy that combined hunting and gathering with division of labour. In this discussion, I hope to relate some conversations about hunting, among recent Kua San hunter-gatherers, that I hope might help us to reimagine the human story.

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Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton St, off Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square

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