From forest to reservation: Transitions in food-sharing behavior among the Ache of Paraguay

Michael Gurven, Kim Hill, Hillard Kaplan

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Abstract

This article presents detailed quantitative descriptions of food distributions among a group of forager-horticulturalists, the Ache of Paraguay. Food transfer patterns for Ache during periods of nomadic foraging are compared with those of Ache living a horticulture-based existence at a permanent settlement. We further explore how characteristics of resources and the methods of production, group size, and the spatial landscape can influence the kinds of social arrangements found among the Ache. The results of these analyses are used to generate general predictions regarding food sharing and cooperation among other foraging and transitional horticultural populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-120
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Anthropological Research
Volume58
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

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  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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