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Setting and History

Allen Johnson

in Families of the Forest

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520232419
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936294 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520232419.003.0002
Setting and History

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This chapter provides an overview of the history and geography of the Matsigenka Indians and establishes the likelihood that their current settlement and adaptation pattern continues a most ancient heritage. It explains that though Matsigenka have occupied a historically important crossroads, their practice appears to have been to minimize contact with the larger world rather than to confront and try to control it. There was ample good horticultural land and the low population density and widely scattered small settlements have meant only minimal competition among family groups for what seasonal wild foods there are.

Keywords: Matsigenka Indians; history; geography; low population density; small settlements; minimal competition; family groups

Chapter.  9676 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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