Category: Glass and Energy

Coping with Extreme Seasonality in Energy Resources

2.1.4 General Principles Higher levels of risk are typical of more seasonally fluctuating environments, especially where winter conditions of darkness and extreme cold make hunting difficult and the option of constant mobility becomes extremely arduous. Midwinter sedentism is virtually obligatory in sub-Arctic and Arctic environ­ments, where food storage is not so technically difficult (stored food […]

Example: The Dobe! Kung

The Dobe subgroup of the! Kung San were studied by Richard Lee in the 1960s, and provide an example of these interacting constraints. For the Dobe, water is the overriding factor that dictates the location of camps. The camp serves as the home base for 30-40 people, who move out each morning in groups of […]

Managing the Energy Cost of Mobility

2.1.3 General Principles Rather than managing plants and animals to achieve a spatially focused concentration of food energy, which is the strategy of agriculturalists and pastoralists, hunter-gatherers must depend on the natural distribu­tion patterns in time and space of the resources on which they depend. In circumstances in which there is a natural concentration of […]