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Holocene Foragers and Interethnic Trade: A Critique of the Myth of Isolated Independent Hunter-Gatherers

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Title: Holocene Foragers and Interethnic Trade: A Critique of the Myth of Isolated Independent Hunter-Gatherers
Authors: Reid, Lawrence A.
Headland, Thomas N.
Keywords: Land settlement patterns
LC Subject Headings: Hunting and gathering societies
Paleoanthropology
Issue Date: 1991
Citation: Reid, Lawrence and Thomas N. Headland. "Holocene Foragers and Interethnic Trade: A Critique of the Myth of Isolated Independent Hunter-Gatherers." In Between Bands and States, edited by Susan A. Gregg, 333-340. Center for Archaeological Investigation, Occasional Paper No. 9. Southern Illinois University Press.
Series/Report no.: Center for Archaeological Investigation
Occasional Paper No. 9
Abstract: It is popularly thought that today's existing hunter-gatherers lived until recently in isolation, independent of food-producing peoples. The present thesis takes a different view, proposing that middle-to-late Holocene foragers followed an economy based heavily on trade relationships with neighboring food producers. It is argued here that the symbiosis observed today among such groups as Southeast Asian Negritos, the !Kung Bushmen, and the African Pygmies is neither recent nor anomalous but reflects a subsistence strategy that has been followed by most hunter-gatherers for millennia.
Pages/Duration: 6 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/33002
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