The Hadza: Hunter-Gatherers of Tanzania

Bibliographic Collection: 
Anthropogeny, APE
Publication Type: Book
Authors: Marlowe, Frank W.
Year of Publication: 2010
Number of Pages: 235
Publisher: University of California Press
City: Berkeley
Publication Language: eng
ISBN Number: 9780520253414
Keywords: Hatsa (African people) Food, Hatsa (African people) Social life and customs, Hunting and gathering societies Tanzania, Social ecology Tanzania, Social evolution Tanzania, Tanzania Social life and customs.

In The Hadza, Frank Marlowe provides a quantitative ethnography of one of the last remaining societies of hunter-gatherers in the world. The Hadza, who inhabit an area of East Africa near the Serengeti and Olduvai Gorge, have long drawn the attention of anthropologists and archaeologists for maintaining a foraging lifestyle in a region that is key to understanding human origins. Marlowe ably applies his years of research with the Hadza to cover the traditional topics in ethnography--subsistence, material culture, religion, and social structure. But the book's unique contribution is to introduce readers to the more contemporary field of behavioral ecology, which attempts to understand human behavior from an evolutionary perspective. To that end, The Hadza also articulates the necessary background for readers whose exposure to human evolutionary theory is minimal.

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