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Title:Hunting reputations: talent, individuals, and community in precolonial south central Africa
Author:De Luna, Kathryn M.
Year:2012
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Volume:53
Issue:3
Pages:279-299
Language:English
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Subjects:hunting
linguistics
precolonial period
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S002185371200045X
Abstract:The familiar mystique of African hunters was not a foregone conclusion to the practitioners, dependents, and leaders who created it. Late in the first millennium, Botatwe farmers' successful adoption of cereals and limited cattle sustained the transformation of hunting from a generalist's labour into a path to distinction. Throughout the second millennium, the basis of hunters' renown diversified as trade intensified, new political traditions emerged, and, eventually, the caravan trade and mfecane ravaged established communities. The story of Botatwe hunters reveals a longue durée history of local notables and the durability of affective, social dimensions of recognition in the face of changes in the material, political, and technological basis sustaining such status. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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