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We can arrange for you to spend some time with the Hadza people of northern Tanzania. You can do walking tours and even join them on a hunting trip.

The Hadza people are an ethnic group in Tanzania living in the Eyasi Basin of northern Tanzania, part of the East African rift valley system. There are about 1000 Hadzabe, speaking a language unrelated to other known world languages, and featuring many unusual sounds, including tongue clicks. They live by hunting and gathering.

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Men and boys hunt with bows and arrows, and they almost always hunt alone. Women and girls do not hunt. By the age of 10, an Eastern Hadza boy will have made himself a sturdy bow and a set of arrows to kill all manner of game from small animals (dik dik, bush pig, antelope) to large animals such as wildebeest and giraffe. They hunt with poison tipped arrows.

Most meat is eaten where it falls. Hunters take each day as it comes and generally hunt alone to feed themselves. They take meat back to camp only if there is a surplus and they feel like making the effort. A good hunter will be favored by women and will tend to be welcome, perhaps even pampered, when he joins a camp. The interactions of Hadza people seem remarkably free of jealousy, resentment, tyranny, or any concept of private property.

The Hadza are highly skilled foragers and adjust their diet according to season and circumstances. Hadza men usually forage individually, but women forage in larger groups. Men and women forage together for honey and fruit.