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Paleolithic Society: The Kung Essay

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Throughout the course of history, various societies have overcome great odds and hardships to maintain their existence. Within these environments, food-gathering societies have endured considerable problems under adverse geographical conditions. The Kung people living in the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa are one group of people who have endured these hardships dating back to the Paleolithic Era. Despite surviving against overwhelming odds, the Kung are now barely hanging on and radically becoming less prevalent and endangered because of the increasingly permeating twentieth century world.

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Contaminated water as a result of grazing Bantu livestock has further exacerbated problems for the Kung and their village. The Kung’s interaction with other societies is inevitable and continues to prove problematic in today’s world.

Another problem for the Kung people has been the development of agricultural methods to produce food on a large scale for nonfood-gathering societies. The domestication of food by modern society is a radical departure from the food-gathering approach of the Kung. The constant nomadism, or relocation of the tribe once food and resources are used up, yields a sparse population since it cannot support as many people as a nonfood- gathering society. Once again, the allure of modern conveniences and readily available food and materials brought upon by agricultural advances disrupted the Kung way of life.
As a result of constant nomadism to acquire food, the Kung people have been confronted with the problem of population control. The constant migration from one place to the next inherently keeps the population down takes its toll on older generations....

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