Saturday, 18 January 2014

David Harris

The false dichotomy implicit in most discussions on HG and the ills of settled agriculture are neatly illustrated in the opening paragraphs of David Harris's obituary:
  • While travelling in a dugout canoe to a particularly remote part of the upper Orinoco, he was able to observe and record the sophisticated forest management practised by the Waika Indians.
    Root crops and fruit trees were inter-planted within clearings that merged with the forest ecosystem, in a way of life that integrated cropping, fishing and hunting with the use of the forest resources. That experience led David to question the conventional idea of a simple split between hunter-gatherers and farmers, and to challenge it in a series of publications.

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