The gift in the animal: The ontology of hunting and human–animal sociality

  title={The gift in the animal: The ontology of hunting and human–animal sociality},
  author={Paul Nadasdy},
  journal={American Ethnologist},
Many hunting peoples conceive of hunting as a process of reciprocal exchange between hunters and other-than-human persons, and anthropologists have tended to view such accounts as purely symbolic or metaphorical. To the extent that our theories deny the validity of northern hunters' conceptions of animals and the ontological assumptions on which they are based, however, we legitimize agents of the state when they dismiss the possibility that aboriginal knowledge and practices might serve as the… Expand
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