from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a people subsisting in the wild on food obtained by hunting and foraging.
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- n. A member of a group of people who live by hunting animals and gathering edible plants for their main food sources, and who do not keep animals or farm land.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a member of a hunting and gathering society
However, it would be misleading to suggest that all the Polar Eskimos here belong to a culture which could be called "hunter-gatherer".
Toma has lived the old way of being a hunter-gatherer, and he is legendary among his people for being very brave.
Sort of like weightlifting or special diets--activities which no hunter-gatherer would have engaged in, but which help our bodies return to a more natural state of health and wellbeing.
There were about thirty other people there, the size of your basic hunter-gatherer tribe in the Paleolithic.
What is remarkable is that while our relationship with plants catapulted our species out of its hunter-gatherer lifestyle around 10,000 years ago, some social insects had achieved this transition 60 million years earlier.
Take pattern recognition, which evolutionary biologists like to explain through fables about our ancestors: Imagine a primitive hunter-gatherer.
Moreover, a large body of laboratory research investigating moral intuitions regarding the division of a pool of money has demonstrated the powerful appeal of an equal split, a preference consistent with anthropological evidence that hunter-gatherer groups are remarkably and consistently egalitarian.
In the hunter-gatherer period, there was no market pricing.
In the hunter-gatherer period, you never traded with strangers, so you never needed market pricing.
My impression was that hunter-gatherer exchange was not based on anything as sophisticated as market prices.
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