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February_11 - ANTH 205 Subsistence 11-Feb-10 We are what we...

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ANTH 205 Subsistence 11-Feb-10 We are what we eat Humans do not produce their own food Reliance on plants and other foods Many cultures organize their daily and ritual lives around subsistence activities Adaptation Culture is to some extent adaptive o Patterns of behavior which enable the culture to cope with its surroundings External Agency We have our own decision in what to eat Powerful people can determine what foods to eat for what occasion o Different rules and regulations Preference o Ex: raw vegetables vs. cooked vegetable Subsistence Patterns Food Collectors o Hunter/gatherers, fishing Food Producers o Domesticated plants and animals Foraging (food collecting) Pastoralism Horticulture Intensive Agriculture Foraging Food is where you find it Direct dependence on naturally available plants and animals Plant foods and nuts (monogongo nuts) Form 80% of the diet among most foragers Harvest “wild” plants, fibers, nuts, honey, insects, firewood
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