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© William Moore
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UploadedJuly 31, 2008
TakenMay 11, 2007
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How times have changed! Males were considered hunters, and females gatherers.

"They were “hunter-gatherers”. On the whole the men hunted and the women gathered: a sexual division of labour is still universal among non-farming people and was probably not shared by their **** erectus predecessors. This enabled them to eat both meat and veg, a clever trick because it combines quality with reliability."

"In 2006 two Indian fishermen, in a drunken sleep aboard their little boat, drifted over the reef and fetched up on the shore of North Sentinel Island. They were promptly killed by the inhabitants. Their bodies are still there: the helicopter that went to collect them was driven away by a hail of arrows and spears. The Sentinelese do not welcome trespassers. Only very occasionally have they been lured down to the beach of their tiny island home by gifts of coconuts and only once or twice have they taken these gifts without sending a shower of arrows in return."

"Several archaeologists and anthropologists now argue that violence was much more pervasive in hunter-gatherer society than in more recent eras. From the

!Kung in the Kalahari to the Inuit in the Arctic and the aborigines in Australia, two-thirds of modern hunter-gatherers are in a state of almost constant tribal warfare, and nearly 90% go to war at least once a year. War is a big word for dawn raids, skirmishes and lots of posturing, but death rates are high—usually around 25-30% of adult males die from homicide. The warfare death rate of 0.5% of the population per year that Lawrence Keeley of the University of Illinois calculates as typical of hunter-gatherer societies would equate to 2 billion people dying during the 20th century."


6 responses

  • Virginie Maillard

    Virginie Maillard (Deleted) said (31 Jul 2008):

    Dear William, time has no changed a lot...Women still gatherers in the shops and Males still are hunters...of womens! ( From the standard life)

  • Camille Susak

    Camille Susak gave props (2 Aug 2008):

    Very nice-love-love-love your tones for this!

  • Laura Hartley

    Laura Hartley said (3 Aug 2008):

    OK, William, artist/ you are dazzling me beyond reason. Put your camera away, take up the pen and write something. YOu KNOW you have it in you. Yours is a great mind, and your eye is still amazing...

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S gave props (4 Aug 2008):

    Thank you William for making me feel, ironically, that today's violence isn't so bad, I think . . . Wonderful tones to this image

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (6 Aug 2008):

    Beautiful work william, a precous composition

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (17 Aug 2008):

    This is an amazing shot, and so is your writing...

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