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  1. Introduction
  2. Egalitarian hunters and gatherers
  3. Religion and the involvment of humans as a part of the environment
  4. Conclusion

Hunter/gatherers are not all alike. They can be very diverse or very similar to one another. For the most part, hunter/gatherers are not solely one ?type,? although they often do have a few similar characteristics. Obviously, they are much alike economically simply because they use hunting and gathering as their subsistence method, but the view that hunter/gatherer groups are mostly alike is largely false.

[...] All these tribes are also especially flexible and fluid, even for hunters and gatherers. They are quite adaptable to change, and in most cases, do not have strict societal rules. Also, all these Asian groups trade heavily with their neighbors while, at the same time, practicing some type of avoidance with them. This reflects a conscious choice to keep their own culture intact and avoid assimilation into surrounding cultures, while also obtaining certain items they cannot produce themselves. This is avoidance is probably the reason why these particular hunting and gathering cultures survived while so many others did not. [...]


[...] Hunter/Gatherer Generalizations Hunter/gatherers are not all alike. They can be very diverse or very similar to one another. For the most part, hunter/gatherers are not solely one although they often do have a few similar characteristics. Obviously, they are much alike economically simply because they use hunting and gathering as their subsistence method, but the view that hunter/gatherer groups are mostly alike is largely false. Hunter/gatherers do have some things in common, however. Most are flexible and egalitarian, have extensive knowledge of their environment, and have a religious theory that humans are a part of the environment. [...]

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