The Hadzabe tribe in Tanzania is one of the last of the hunter-gatherer tribes in Africa. They live a life that seems more like the stone age than the present, using only knives, and a bow and arrow. They supplement their meager diet of rodents, birds, and small animals with berries gleaned from trees and bushes. It’s hard for a westerner to fathom how they survive, especially when they have so little available water. We spent the day with them and went on a hunt with the young boys. Only one older man accompanied us.
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Retrieving the prey
Shot the bird through the nest with an arrow.
Proud of his expertise
Starting a fire
Gentle blowing ignites the grass.
First straw, then friction, then blowing
And the cooking can begin
Another contribution to the meal
He was the champ!
I was offered a piece!
Cooking a mouse over the coals.
Small as it was, it was still shared
How’s that for well done?
Big kill on the way home….
Leisurely walk home….
Welcoming committee. Waiting for the kids to bring home the bacon.
IMusic at the end of the day….
Very few children survive the lifestyle of the Hadzabe bush people in north-central Tanzania
An elder in the Hadzabe tribe
Martha greeting the women
Sharing much-needed water….