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Ache Life History: The Ecology and Demography of a Foraging People

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The Ache, whose life history the authors recounts, are a small indigenous population of hunters and gatherers living in the neotropical rainforest of eastern Paraguay. This is part exemplary ethnography of the Ache and in larger part uses this population to make a signal contribution to human evolutionary ecology.
Hardcover, 561 pages
Published December 31st 1996 by Aldine Transaction
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Ames
Oct 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Basically life history parameters observed and expected, as well as ethnography, in an indegenous Paraguayan tribe. If you're interested in why humans have the life history parameters they do, you must read this book, as it is the best done and widest ranging study to date. If you're interested in ethnography, this might be good for you too. Otherwise, steer clear.
Aaron Gertler
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Sapiens, Yuval Harari is troubled by the fact that, though we are healthier and wealthier than any generation before us, we have no way of knowing whether we are happier than our ancestors.

Aché Life History doesn’t answer Harari’s question, but it does present some fascinating and disturbing evidence: The Aché (ah-chay) people of Paraguay, hunter-gatherers who live in prehistoric scarcity, are cheerful and content, even as they spend their lives in a state of near-starvation and bury their ow
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