hunter-gatherer

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hunter-gatherer

a member of a society which subsists by exploiting non-domestic/wild food resources. This strategy includes the hunting of large and small game animals, fishing, and the collection of various plant foods. A hunter-gatherer typically lives as part of a small camp or BAND made up of kin. The band is generally nomadic, with their movements following the availability of food, and there is a division of labour by age and sex: women collect plant foods and men hunt. Today, barely 30,000 of the world's population live by hunting and gathering, though it has supported life for 99% of humankind's existence.
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Then, about 10,000 years ago, some of them switched from hunting and gathering to agriculture and animal husbandry, and their numbers multiplied explosively.
The 350 Awa of northeastern Brazil were completely nomadic until recently, living in palm-leaf shelters and surviving by fishing, hunting and gathering forest nuts and fruit.
For much of the past 25 years, the !Kung, a group of African Bushmen, have epitomized a life of isolated hunting and gathering thought representative of prehistoric behavior.