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Kings of the Forest By Jana Fortier

Kings of the Forest
by Jana Fortier

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Hunter-gatherer societies struggle with seemingly insurmountable problems: deforestation and encroachment, language loss, political domination by surrounding communities. Will they manage to survive? This book discusses about one such society living in the monsoon rainforests of western Nepal: the Raute.
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Kings of the Forest: The Cultural Survival of Himalayan Hunter-Gatherers by Jana Fortier

In today's world hunter-gatherer societies struggle with seemingly insurmountable problems: deforestation and encroachment, language loss, political domination by surrounding communities. Will they manage to survive? This book is about one such society living in the monsoon rainforests of western Nepal: the Raute. ""Kings of the Forest"" explores how this elusive ethnic group, the last hunter-gatherers of the Himalayas, maintains its traditional way of life amidst increasing pressure to assimilate. Author Jana Fortier examines Raute social strategies of survival as they roam the lower Himalayas gathering wild yams and hunting monkeys. Hunting is part of a symbiotic relationship with local Hindu farmers, who find their livelihoods threatened by the monkeys' raids on their crops. Raute hunting helps the Hindus, who consider the monkeys sacred and are reluctant to kill the animals themselves. Fortier explores Raute beliefs about living in the forest and the central importance of foraging in their lives. She discusses Raute identity formation, nomadism, trade relations, and religious beliefs, all of which turn on the foragers' belief in the moral goodness of their unique way of life. The book concludes with a review of issues that have long been important to anthropologists - among them, biocultural diversity and the shift from an evolutionary focus on the ideal hunter-gatherer to an interest in hunter-gatherer diversity. ""Kings of the Forest"" will be welcomed by readers of anthropology, Asian studies, environmental studies, ecology, cultural geography, and ethnic studies.

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About Jana Fortier


Jana Fortier has been a lecturer at the University of California, San Diego, and a cultural resource management consultant since 2005. She was a tenured associate professor of anthropology at Southwest Minnesota State University from 1996-2004.

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GOR010205743
Kings of the Forest: The Cultural Survival of Himalayan Hunter-Gatherers by Jana Fortier
Jana Fortier
Used - Good
Paperback
University of Hawai'i Press
2009-05-15
232
0824833562
9780824833565
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.