Making a Living

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:
Making a Living

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This chapter offers a description of the economy, making the case for the material self-sufficiency of the Matsigenka Indians in the household and extended-family hamlet. It explains that a single Matsigenka household is capable of meeting all its own subsistence needs with few exceptions. There is no economic basis, therefore, for social aggregates beyond the family, and this is certainly one of the conditions for the existence and viability of a family level society.

Keywords: economy; Matsigenka Indians; material self-sufficiency; household; social aggregates; family level society

Chapter.  17244 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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