Saturday Afternoon Play-Reading Workshop: ‘The Story Of Go'

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Jonathan Chadwick

Saturday Afternoon Play-Reading Workshop: ‘The Story Of Go'

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 14:00

This dramatisation depicts a human society 12,000 years ago in deep crisis because their way of life is changing. The women have withdrawn access to sex but the men are no longer able to go on a big-game hunt to make a collective provision of food. The full moon is coming and tensions break out around the emerging movement towards hierarchical organisation amongst the men. The dilemma expresses itself in the story of an adolescent transgender person who attempts to resolve the difficulties.

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Alyssa Crittenden

Continuity And Change Among A Community Of East African Hunter-Gatherers.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 18:45
Archaeology Lecture Theatre, entrance via the Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

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.