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Title:Coping with State Pressure to Change: How Akie Hunter-Gatherers of Tanzania Seek to Maintain Their Cultural Identity
Author:Kaare, BwireISNI
Periodical:Nomadic Peoples
Geographic term:Tanzania
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
Abstract:The Akie (also referred to as Dorobo, Ndorobo or Il-Torobo) are a small hunting and gathering community living along the southern fringes of the Maasai steppe in northern Tanzania. They have maintained symbiotic relations with their neighbours (Maasai and Bantu) for quite a long time. The Akie hunter-gatherers have since the early 1960s been encountering various attempts by the Tanzanian government to change them into a sedentary ethnic group. This paper analyses the way the Akie people have reacted to the policies of integration in a nation State. It shows that both the ritualistic and mundane worlds of the Akie hold on to the past in relation to the present, as a medium through which the present is created. It is within this context that the community gauges external pressure to change. Bibliogr., note, sum. in French and Spanish.