Before Farming

Hunting and feasting

health and demographic consequences

Before Farming (2002), 2002, (3-4), 1–11.

Abstract

With the advent of surplus-based feasting among transegalitarian hunter/gatherers, major changes have taken place in other aspects of society. The most dramatic changes involve the private (or corporate group) ownership of resource procurement locations and resource products. Control over these resources was used to improve individual chances of survival, successful reproduction, and quality of life. Therefore, generalised sharing was curtailed wherever possible, creating real inequities in nutrition, health, and reproductive potentials. The nature of the advantages derived from surplus-based feasting and the character of ownership versus sharing are explored using data from the North American Northwest.

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