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If you had to live as a hunter-gatherer or pastoralist (ancient or modern) which culture would you choose and why?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 21, 2012 at 3:29 AM

This is a fun, creative question. Perhaps you like the raw milk of the Massai, or the bison of the Sioux, the berries of the Inuit, or the yams of the Kitava. Perhaps you like certain philosophies of a particular hunter-gatherer or pastoral culture. Or maybe you don't want to join a tribe or culture that eats fermented fish head, etc.

Now tell me if you were forced to relive your life in a hunter-gatherer or pastoral culture (ancient or modern) - which one would you choose and why?

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

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on January 02, 2013
at 05:02 PM

I LOVE Haggis. It is one of my cheat foods. Gimme a big plate o' the Haggis with some tatties and neeps, and a nice Glenfarclas 21 and I am a happy man.

903ec3680326394ef7eb61d5a6b94364

(178)

on January 02, 2013
at 04:47 PM

Yeah...I could do Plains Indian...I know how to make all that stuff.

903ec3680326394ef7eb61d5a6b94364

(178)

on January 02, 2013
at 04:45 PM

But do you like Haggis?

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on July 21, 2012
at 11:45 PM

I agree. I could totally jive with the northwest native tribes. Tons of forage-able fruits and veg (and fungi!), abundant seafood, and a relatively mild climate. I don't mind the rain and gray--lived there for >20 years, and I'd go back in a heartbeat if I could.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on July 21, 2012
at 06:46 PM

I will give you that the nature here is pretty awesome. I haven't been here quite as long as you (about 4 years I believe). The first year or so wasn't so bad, but then it just started to kill me. I remember being at work in May last year and asking one of my coworkers when the sun comes out and he said "July 4th". And dear god, he was right. It's interesting how you can conquer it like that. It doesn't seem to affect my SO either. So far the only thing I've found helpful is "sun vacations" to the other side of the mountains, but that's a little pricey in gas :) Leavenworth is a cute town tho.

5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on July 21, 2012
at 05:49 PM

Also, I should add, a big part of tolerance for the gray, wet weather is mental. I'm an artist, so I look for what is beautiful about the dead of winter--and it is beautiful. I watch for signs that spring is approaching. I can see the seasons unfolding before my eyes, and I've lived here long enough (18 years) to recognize and anticipate certain natural mileposts. So if I'm feeling blah in Feb., I can go for a walk, see the first signs that yes, spring is coming, recognize the lengthening days, and that helps me a lot. And observing cycles in nature is definitely paleo!

5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on July 21, 2012
at 05:38 PM

You're not being a jerk at all--given how serious the effects of the climate are on so many people I know, that's an important question. In my own case, I've always been less bothered by the gray, rainy, short, dark days than most people. Yeah, I can get a little stir-crazy in Jan/Feb. But this past winter, after starting VitD supplementation, I noticed a big difference. Jan/Feb weren't nearly so difficult. So next winter it will be interesting to see what a full year of eating paleo plus taking VitD does for my moods.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on July 21, 2012
at 07:43 AM

I mean this as a serious question. I'm honestly not trying to be a jerk. But.. doesn't the gray bother you? It's been driving me INSANE. Living here is the first time I've ever shown symptoms of SAD in my life. I honestly can't figure out a way to deal with the non-stop gray. How do you deal with it? Any tips helpful. Really! I've been asking people around here and they just shrug at me. (And vitamin D isn't cutting it.) Does it just not affect you?

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

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on July 21, 2012
at 05:14 AM

Where I live now we go from +35c (95F) to -50c (-58F), sometimes as low as -65c (-85c) with wind chill. The Highlands rarely get below -10c (14F) so I think I could cope fairly well :)

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on July 21, 2012
at 04:40 AM

Great, but cold.

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

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on July 21, 2012
at 04:21 AM

Man I wish I could source some good pemmican where I am.

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5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

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on July 21, 2012
at 03:57 AM

I would probably go back to the ancient Scottish Highlanders. Game, fish and Kale. That is it.

Lots of variety in the meats, little to no variety in the vegetables but they are extremely robust and grew everywhere.

And really, have you seen the Highlands?

if-you-had-to-live-as-a-hunter-gatherer-or-pastoralist-(ancient-or-modern)-which-culture-would-you-choose-and-why?

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

(1230)

on July 21, 2012
at 05:14 AM

Where I live now we go from +35c (95F) to -50c (-58F), sometimes as low as -65c (-85c) with wind chill. The Highlands rarely get below -10c (14F) so I think I could cope fairly well :)

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on July 21, 2012
at 04:40 AM

Great, but cold.

903ec3680326394ef7eb61d5a6b94364

(178)

on January 02, 2013
at 04:45 PM

But do you like Haggis?

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

(1230)

on January 02, 2013
at 05:02 PM

I LOVE Haggis. It is one of my cheat foods. Gimme a big plate o' the Haggis with some tatties and neeps, and a nice Glenfarclas 21 and I am a happy man.

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5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on July 21, 2012
at 06:39 AM

Living in Seattle, this is a no-brainer for me: Northwest Coast native. Haida, perhaps. Maybe Tlingit. Living in one of the most beautiful, hyperabundant places on earth, eating salmon, salmon, and more salmon, with plenty of leisure time to develop an incredibly sophisticated style of art and create exquisite handcrafts because we're not scrounging for food? I'm all for it.

5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on July 21, 2012
at 05:38 PM

You're not being a jerk at all--given how serious the effects of the climate are on so many people I know, that's an important question. In my own case, I've always been less bothered by the gray, rainy, short, dark days than most people. Yeah, I can get a little stir-crazy in Jan/Feb. But this past winter, after starting VitD supplementation, I noticed a big difference. Jan/Feb weren't nearly so difficult. So next winter it will be interesting to see what a full year of eating paleo plus taking VitD does for my moods.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on July 21, 2012
at 11:45 PM

I agree. I could totally jive with the northwest native tribes. Tons of forage-able fruits and veg (and fungi!), abundant seafood, and a relatively mild climate. I don't mind the rain and gray--lived there for >20 years, and I'd go back in a heartbeat if I could.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on July 21, 2012
at 07:43 AM

I mean this as a serious question. I'm honestly not trying to be a jerk. But.. doesn't the gray bother you? It's been driving me INSANE. Living here is the first time I've ever shown symptoms of SAD in my life. I honestly can't figure out a way to deal with the non-stop gray. How do you deal with it? Any tips helpful. Really! I've been asking people around here and they just shrug at me. (And vitamin D isn't cutting it.) Does it just not affect you?

5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on July 21, 2012
at 05:49 PM

Also, I should add, a big part of tolerance for the gray, wet weather is mental. I'm an artist, so I look for what is beautiful about the dead of winter--and it is beautiful. I watch for signs that spring is approaching. I can see the seasons unfolding before my eyes, and I've lived here long enough (18 years) to recognize and anticipate certain natural mileposts. So if I'm feeling blah in Feb., I can go for a walk, see the first signs that yes, spring is coming, recognize the lengthening days, and that helps me a lot. And observing cycles in nature is definitely paleo!

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on July 21, 2012
at 06:46 PM

I will give you that the nature here is pretty awesome. I haven't been here quite as long as you (about 4 years I believe). The first year or so wasn't so bad, but then it just started to kill me. I remember being at work in May last year and asking one of my coworkers when the sun comes out and he said "July 4th". And dear god, he was right. It's interesting how you can conquer it like that. It doesn't seem to affect my SO either. So far the only thing I've found helpful is "sun vacations" to the other side of the mountains, but that's a little pricey in gas :) Leavenworth is a cute town tho.

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541e77c423482c95db2950cd462aef79

on July 21, 2012
at 04:17 AM

I'd chose to be a Mongolian,

sheep, cows, yaks,

fermented horse milk yum.

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903ec3680326394ef7eb61d5a6b94364

(178)

on January 02, 2013
at 04:48 PM

I'd want to be an inuit. I was born up there, I can tolerate the cold well, I love fish and rose hips..don't know if I could so the fermented fish though...

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41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on July 21, 2012
at 04:06 AM

Weirdly enough, I actually had this conversation the other day and decided I probably would kick butt as a Plains Indian.

http://kerryg.hubpages.com/hub/Health-Secrets-of-the-Plains-Indians

^ I could eat that stuff. Buffalo, pemmican, venison, berries, wild greens and wild onions? Where do I sign up?!

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

(1230)

on July 21, 2012
at 04:21 AM

Man I wish I could source some good pemmican where I am.

903ec3680326394ef7eb61d5a6b94364

(178)

on January 02, 2013
at 04:47 PM

Yeah...I could do Plains Indian...I know how to make all that stuff.

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(18635)

on July 21, 2012
at 10:28 PM

I wanna be a shepard....kinda like matt damon.

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on July 21, 2012
at 02:36 PM

I'd go back about 35,000 years ago to southwestern France, to live with the people who painted the Caves of Lascaux. I'd love to experience their primitive technologies, and their ways of thinking and seeing the world. Also, maybe I could see a Neanderthal.

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