What ethnic groups did you see on your hunts

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  1. tigris115

    tigris115 AH Enthusiast

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    Since I'm an anthropology major and we're currently on Africa's last remaining hunter-gatherer groups, I wanted to know what ethnic groups that you encountered while hunting. I'm particularly interested in the Hadza of Tanzania, the Bayaka of the Western Congo, and the Khoisan of the Kalahari.
     

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    mark-hunter AH Enthusiast

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    Altough not the point of primary interest, in Namibia, I have seen:
    Damara (also my trackers), then Herero, Himba, and few bushman - (Apart from Damara, the rest I have seen in town).

    Damara working as trackers, or farm workers is more like transcultural life style.
    And in town, selling souvenirs Herero, Himba. Which is also transcultural modernised way of life.

    My guess is that if you do not paritucularly look for indegenious tribes in the field, it is unlikely that you will see real hunter-gatherer community by accident during the modern safari hunting.
    In modern days where the land is distributed, or owned, or managed, etc, it is likely that any "hunting-gathering" will be seen as poaching.

    It might be different in ohter countries that I have not visited. I speak for what I have seen in Namibia, only.

    On a separate point, I am now reading a book, which I can reccomend in a view of the interest of your question and covers east Africa:
    "Black Poachers - white hunters".A Social hystory of hunting in colonial Kenia. By Edward I. Steinhart.
    It is history of hunting in Kenia, starting first by hunting hystory done by local indegenious tribes and ethnic groups, and then continues with hunting in vicotrian times, etc..
     
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    Interesting topic.

    I just returned from extreme NW Tanzania. We were hunting directly across the Kagera river from Rwanda and Uganda. We caught these three poachers, they had come across the Kagera from Rwanda. These guys were either Hutus or Tutusis. Not sure you can tell by the photo but they were tiny men. probably 100-110 pound, no more. Funny, just across the river, relatively normal sized men.
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  4. tigris115

    tigris115 AH Enthusiast

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    Yea it's a real shame that these people who've been on the land for God knows how long are just shoved off. I'd say at least give groups an "indigenous pass" and some walkie talkies for tipping off poachers

    Edit: Thanks to whoever improved the grammar/spelling on the thread title
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018 at 2:39 PM

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