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Title:The Ngandu as hunters in the Zaire River basin
Author:Takeda, JunISNI
Periodical:African Study Monographs: Supplementary Issue
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:Ngandu (Democratic Republic of Congo)
External link:http://repository.kulib.kyoto-u.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/2433/68382/1/ASM_S_23_1.pdf
Abstract:The Ngandu are a Bantu people who practise slash-and-burn agriculture in the Ikela Zone (Equator, Zaire). They clear primary forests to grow cassava as their staple subsistence crop, and also use the natural resources of the rain forest environment as an indispensable source of food. Focus of the present publication is the ecological anthropological aspects of Ngandu hunting. The fact that the Ngandu practise both agriculture and hunting within a rain forest environment has largely provided the impetus for the development of a sophisticated hunting technology embedded within a complex cultural system. The environmental limitations of tropical rain forests as the context for hunting activities have spurred the development of collective hunting, in which unknown numbers of unseen animals are driven to their capture, and have stimulated the development of a variety of effective trapping techniques. Based on fieldwork carried out from September 1975 to February 1976, and from August to December 1977, the author describes the types of hunting activity, hunting technology, and the complex cultural practices which surround all hunting activities, including hunting rituals and the distribution of meat. App., bibliogr., notes, ref.