Re: Four fields and teaching intro courses

Tom Riley (triley@VMD.CSO.UIUC.EDU)
Wed, 5 Apr 1995 06:51:54 +0000

I see a little problem with this scenario, Ruby. I don 't dispute that
women gathered, but I can guarantee you that they also participated heavily
in hunting, especially communal net hunting in tropical forests (see Mbuti
for this) and seal and walrus hunting among Inuit, Bison hunting on the
high plains, etc. Today they also hunt in small single sex groups in
northern Luzon in the Phillippines - see Griffin and Estokio-Griffin for
reference to this. It is also clear that men gather in some societies
today, especially where they are major shaman. What is not clear is that
the categories that we have established for the sexual division of labor
are as categorical as we would like them to be. Coinsider the Manly-Women
of the Blackfoot in activities that we would categorize as "male".

Just a couple of niggling details here. Grin


Thomas J. Riley
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign