56:AnthroTerm

1 03 2009

Anthro Term of the Fortnight
By Chrystall Kinsella

Aquatic foraging:
A specialized subsistence pattern that concentrates on fish and/or marine mammal hunting. Aquatic foraging is usually a far more reliable and productive strategy for obtaining food than the diversified hunting and gathering of most foragers who live away from the coasts and major rivers. The most well known aquatic foragers lived on the Northwest Coast of North America from the Klamath River of California to the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. These societies specialized in salmon fishing along the rivers and hunting seals and whales off the coast. The word “aquatic” is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water.

http://anthro.palomar.edu/tutorials/cglossary.htm

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