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Title:Variability in the Subsistence Activities and Distribution of Food Among Different Ages Males of the Aka Hunter-Gatherers in Northeastern Congo
Author:Kitanishi, Koichi
Year:1996
Periodical:African Study Monographs
Volume:17
Issue:1
Pages:35-57
Language:English
Geographic term:Congo (Republic of)
Subjects:Pygmies
subsistence economy
food
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Link:http://jambo.africa.kyoto-u.ac.jp/kiroku/asm_normal/abstracts/pdf/ASM%20%20Vol.17%20No.1%201996/Koichi%20KITANISHI.pdf
Abstract:Among the hunter-gatherers of Africa, the disparity in the individual catch of large animals is well-known. This disparity is generally attributed to individual hunting skill or chance. Although the yields from hunting and honey collecting by the Aka hunter-gatherers in northeastern Congo also show considerable disparity, these differences are partly due to economic and social factors. One such factor is age, focus of the present paper. Based on quantitative data obtained during a 14-month field study in 1991-1992 in the vicinity of Linganga-Makaou, the uppermost village on the Motaba River in the Dongou District, Likouala Region, the author analysed the differences in the amount of meat and honey acquired by older men, middle-aged men and younger men, and the distribution of meat and honey between these different age groups. The data indicate that the interdependence among the different age groups was created through distribution. This interdependence functions to maintain the cohesion of the camp members. App., bibliogr., notes, sum.
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