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The Cambridge encyclopedia of hunters and gatherers
Lee, Richard B.
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Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
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xx, 511 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
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Hunting and gathering peoples, including Kalahari Bushmen, Australian aborigines, Eskimos, and Pygmies, are the subject of endless appeal. This illustrated reference volume is the first devoted exclusively to hunting and gathering peoples that is both accessible to the nonspecialist and written by leading scholars. It is a state-of-the-art summary of knowledge on the subject, covering an extraordinary range of materials: case studies of over fifty of the world's hunter-gatherers, the archaeological background, religion and world view, music and art, questions of gender, health and nutrition, and contemporary rights.

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Romantic images of the past allow stereotyping of hunters and gatherers, but in fact this type of culture, the only type known until 12,000 years ago, is not a relic, but a satisfying way of life still followed today under very different circumstances. Lee (Toronto) and Daly (an advocate for indigenous peoples) divide their work into two parts: (1) more than 24 ethnographies arranged according to seven geographical areas of the world, each preceded by thematic essays on that area; (2) topical essays on issues relating to hunters and gatherers, concluding with essays on their future place in world civilization. Although its entries do not appear in alphabetical order, the volume's reference utility is aided by the selective bibliographies at the end of each essay and the vast expertise brought together to write them. Essays on specific peoples will assist reference librarians seeking succinct descriptions of these groups. These essays are by far the best of their kind, eclipsing in their thoroughness and accessibility those in Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology, ed. by David Levinson and Melvin Ember (CH, Sep'96), or Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology, ed. by Alan Barnard and Jonathan Spencer (CH, Mar'97). Any collection supporting the study of culture will need this book. D. S. Azzolina; University of Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

Beatrice MedicineRichard B. Lee and Richard DalyHarvey A. FeitAubrey CannonAlice B. KehoeHarvey A. FeitMichael Asch and Shirleen SmithJose MailhotErnest S. Burch Jr and Yvon CsonkaRosita WorlCatherine S. FowlerRichard DalyIaura M. RivalAnna C. RooseveltKim Hill and A. Magdalena HurtadoBernard ArcandLaura M. RivalWilliam BaleeGaston GordilloHernan J. VidalVictor A. Shnirelaman,Bruce GrantVictor A. ShnirelmanTom G. SvenssonPeter P. SchweitzerDavid G. AndersonVictor A. ShnirelmanAnton M. IvanovEvgeniia A. AlekseenkoEvdokiia A. Nemysova and Dennis Bartels and Alice BartelsAndrei V. GolovnevBruce GrantRobert K. HitchcockPeter RobertshawSerge BahuchetJiro Tanaka and Kazuyoshi SugawaraBwire Kaare and James WoodburnMegan Biesele and Kxao Royal-/O/OOMitsuo IchikawaRobert L. Kelly and Jean-Francois Rabedimy and Lin PoyerCorinne A. KratzRobert K. HitchcockNurit Bird-DavidKathleen MorrisonVishvajit PandyaAshim K. AdhikaryMark TurinNurit Bird-DavidPeter M. GardnerBrian MorrisWiveca StegebornKirk EndicottPeter BellwoodP. Bion Griffin and Marcus B. GriffinJames F. EderKirk EndicottEncheng Song and Chen ShenCornelia M. I. Van Der SluysJ. Peter BrosiusNicolas PetersonM. A. SmithJohn MortonDavid F. MartinSandy ToussaintRobert TonkinsonFred R. MyersJane C. GoodaleJeremy BeckettFrancoise DussartIan KeenAlan BarnardAndrew B. SmithJohn GowdyTim IngoldKaren L. EndicottCatherine S. Fowler and Nancy J. TurnerMathias GuentherVictor BaracHoward Morphys. Boyd Eaton and Stanley B. Eaton IIIGerald D. BerremanJohn H. BodleyDavid S. TriggerRobert K. Hitchcock
List of illustrationsp. viii
List of mapsp. x
List of tablesp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
List of contributorsp. xvi
Introduction: foragers and othersp. 1
Part I Ethnographies
I.I North America
I.I.1 Introduction: North Americap. 23
I.I.2 Archaeologyp. 31
I.I.3 Blackfoot/Plainsp. 36
I.I.4 James Bay Creep. 41
I.I.5 Slavey Denep. 46
I.I.6 Innup. 51
I.I.7 Caribou Inuitp. 56
I.I.8 Inupiatp. 61
I.I.9 Timbisha Shoshonep. 66
I.I.10 Witsuwit'en and Gitxsanp. 71
I.II South America
I.II.1 Introduction: South Americap. 77
I.II.2 Archaeologyp. 86
I.II.3 Achep. 92
I.II.4 Cuivap. 97
I.II.5 Huaoranip. 101
I.II.6 Sirionop. 105
I.II.7 Tobap. 110
I.II.8 Yamanap. 114
I.III North Eurasia
I.III.1 Introduction: North Eurasiap. 119
Addendump. 119
I.III.2 Archaeologyp. 127
I.III.3 Ainup. 132
I.III.4 Chukchi and Yupikp. 137
I.III.5 Evenkip. 142
I.III.6 Itenm'ip. 147
I.III.7 Iukagirp. 152
I.III.8 Ketp. 156
I.III.9 Khantip. 161
I.III.10 Nia (Nganasan)p. 166
I.III.11 Nivkhp. 170
I.IV Africa
I.IV.1 Introduction: Africap. 175
I.IV.2 Archaeologyp. 185
I.IV.3 Aka Pygmiesp. 190
I.IV.4 /Gui and //Ganap. 195
I.IV.5 Hadzap. 200
I.IV.6 Ju/'hoansip. 205
I.IV.7 Mbutip. 210
I.IV.8 Mikeap. 215
I.IV.9 Okiekp. 220
I.IV.10 Tyuap. 225
I.V South Asia
I.V.1 Introduction: South Asiap. 231
I.V.2 Archaeologyp. 238
I.V.3 Andaman Islandersp. 243
I.V.4 Birhorp. 248
I.V.5 Chenchup. 252
I.V.6 Nayakap. 257
I.V.7 Paliyanp. 261
I.V.8 Hill Pandaramp. 265
I.V.9 Wanniyala-aettop. 269
I.VI Southeast Asia
I.VI.1 Introduction: Southeast Asiap. 275
I.VI.2 Archaeologyp. 284
I.VI.3 Agtap. 289
I.VI.4 Batakp. 294
I.VI.5 Batekp. 298
I.VI.6 Dulongp. 303
I.VI.7 Jahaip. 307
I.VI.8 Western Penanp. 312
I.VII Australia
I.VII.1 Introduction: Australiap. 317
I.VII.2 Archaeologyp. 324
I.VII.3 Arrerntep. 329
I.VII.4 Cape York peoplesp. 335
I.VII.5 Kimberley peoplesp. 339
I.VII.6 Ngarrindjerip. 343
I.VII.7 Pintupip. 348
I.VII.8 Tiwip. 353
I.VII.9 Torres Strait Islandersp. 358
I.VII.10 Warlpirip. 363
I.VII.11 Yolngup. 367
Part II Special topic essays
II.I Hunter-Gatherers, History, and Social Theory
II.I.1 Images of hunters and gatherers in European social thoughtp. 375
II.I.2 Archaeology and evolution of hunters and gatherersp. 384
II.I.3 Hunter-gatherers and the mythology of the marketp. 391
II.I.4 On the social relations of the hunter-gatherer bandp. 399
II.II Facets of Hunter-Gatherer Life In Cross-Cultural Perspective
II.II.1 Gender relations in hunter-gatherer societiesp. 411
II.II.2 Ecological/cosmological knowledge and land management among hunter-gatherersp. 419
II.II.3 From totemism to shamanism: hunter-gatherer contributions to world mythology and spiritualityp. 426
II.II.4 From primitive to pop: foraging and post-foraging hunter-gatherer musicp. 434
II.II.5 Traditional and modern visual art of hunting and gathering peoplesp. 441
II.II.6 Hunter-gatherers and human healthp. 449
II.III Hunter-Gatherers in a Global World
II.III.1 The Tasaday controversyp. 457
II.III.2 Hunter-gatherers and the colonial encounterp. 465
II.III.3 Hunter-gatherer peoples and nation-statesp. 473
II.III.4 Indigenous peoples' rights and the struggle for survivalp. 480
II.III.5 Indigenous peoples' organizations and advocacy groupsp. 487
Indexp. 493