African Studies 337 - Tanzania Component
African Studies 337 - Tanzania Field Study Component:
This field component focuses on the Hadzabe, one of a few tribes that still practices hunting and gathering. The Hadzabe live a nomadic lifestyle. They do not store food but, rather, gather it from the land and immediately consume it. They do not practice agriculture or keep livestock.
Students spend 3 to 4 nights with the Hadzabe in the Yaeda Valley to learn about and experience their hunter-gatherer lifestyle. They visit a Hadzabe campsite, join them in making fire, dancing and singing, food-gathering and hunting. They also learn how to make and use bows and arrows. They experience their culture and discuss with them the future of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle in the face of the many threats brought about by the changing political and economic realities of modern Tanzania. This component is hosted by the Dorobo Tours and Safaris, an organization that has been conducting educational field trips since 1984.