why hunters gather: optimal foraging and the Aché of eastern Paraguay

  title={why hunters gather: optimal foraging and the Ach{\'e} of eastern Paraguay},
  author={K. Hawkes and Kim Hill and J. O'connell},
  journal={American Ethnologist},
  • K. Hawkes, Kim Hill, J. O'connell
  • Published 1982
  • Geography
  • American Ethnologist
  • The determinants of food choices made by hunter-gatherers have long been a topic of speculation and controversy. In this paper, we analyze the foraging behavior of the Ache of eastern Paraguay and conclude that it is consistent with predictions derived from optimal foraging models. We infer that these very general models will continue to prove useful in explaining variation in hunter-gatherer subsistence patterns throughout time and space. [Ache, hunter-gatherers, optimal foraging theory, South… CONTINUE READING
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