Examples - Examples When we examine specific instances of...

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Examples When we examine specific instances of stratification, usually find that the rigid dichotomy between functional and conflict theories does not hold up very well, nor does one factor usually emerge as a "prime mover" (unitary cause) Example 1: Pomo Trade Feast illustrates incipient stratification, functional role of elites in managing economic redistribution Pomo Indians were the indigenous inhabints of an extensive area of northern coastal This area stretched from ocean to interior over coast range, covering 3 zones: 1) coastline & redwood forest (marine foods, salmon runs, but least favorable habitat for human subsistence) 3) Clear Lake area (fish, waterfowl, much game, roots, etc. -- most favorable) Prior to European colonial intrusion, Pomo were divided into at least 34 politically autonomous groups (termed "tribelets") of a few hundred members each Because of environmental diversity just noted, as well as seasonality of some resources, adjacent tribelets often had access to very different sets of resources When an abundance of a particular resource was harvested in any one tribelet's area, a trade feast was held; these usually linked tribelets occupying different environmental zones (and hence enjoying complementary sets of resources) As was typical throughout Native California, each Pomo tribelet was headed by a chief
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