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!Kung (is technically the language, but also refer to the people who are also called San Bushmen or Dobe Ju/’Hoansi) use a click language. Where you see a ! or a // or a ≠ it is a click or knock sound.

1. Gathering mongongo nuts:

a. How many mongongo nuts (in days of eating) did the women gather compared to the men?

b. How many hours did it take them to gather the nuts?

2. Diet:

a. How many different plants do the !Kung eat? give the total number and breakdown of fruit,
nuts, gums, . . .

b. How many hours of labor does the average adult spend to acquire a week’s worth of food?

3. What does the author, Lee, mean by writing “The Ju typically occupy a campsite for a period of weeks and eat their way out of it.?

4. Other than being the most desired food (presumably for its taste) what other reason is written for why the value of “steak is paramount”, and why?

5. What are the four types of Ju/’Hoansi hunting techniques?


6. What is akutuq made from, and what is it commonly called in english?

7. How were traditional Inuit able to eat enough vitamin A and vitamin D, even though in our own culture, we get vitamin A from carrots and other vegetables that Inuits didn’t have, and vitamin D is something we normally get from sunlight and cow’s milk, which again, Inuits were always bundled up in clothes and didn’t have cows?

8. What is scurvy, and what do Inuit (Eskimos) eat in order to prevent it from afflicting them?

9. What did Stefansson discover about a high protein diet, which contributed to the Atkins diet?

10. According to Cochran, what are the physical, social, and spiritual aspects the Inuit receive when they go out to catch their food?

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