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  • Happiness of Ancestral/Primal/Tribal Societies

    Hey there, I'm looking for sources, anthropological or other..that talk about the mental health, well-being and happiness of tribal/hunter-gatherer societies.

    I know Weston Price's book- Nutrition and Physical Degeneration has some good stuff on this. Anyone know of any other quality sources of information?
    I went and lived with hunter-gatherer tribes and wrote a book on what we can learn from them. The Awakened Ape

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    I grew up in a mostly tribalized Maori village, if you have specific questions.
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    • #3
      Hi Nion,

      Very interesting, I'm looking for people though with very little modern contact, and I need scientific sources (i'm writing a paper)


      But yes I am curious!
      Tribal Maori Village? Were you hunter-gathers? What was daily life like? Were you happy? stressed?
      I went and lived with hunter-gatherer tribes and wrote a book on what we can learn from them. The Awakened Ape

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      • #4
        EP, have you got access to your university library databases? I'm at uni and can access just about any psychology or anthropology paper written in the last century, it's awesome. There must have been some good scholarly work done on it.
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        • #5
          How would we make a psychological profile of them if we've not had much contact? Hidden cameras?
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          • #6
            By not much contact, I mean it would be unlikely that they would speak english/ ever have access to a computer as Nion has...

            People like the Hadza..

            The Hadza — National Geographic Magazine
            I went and lived with hunter-gatherer tribes and wrote a book on what we can learn from them. The Awakened Ape

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            • #7
              Originally posted by EvolutionaryPsychologist View Post
              By not much contact, I mean it would be unlikely that they would speak english/ ever have access to a computer as Nion has...

              People like the Hadza..

              The Hadza — National Geographic Magazine
              so you're looking for them on the internet?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by spakesneaker View Post
                so you're looking for them on the internet?
                I'm asking if anyone knows of any books, papers, articles, studies...

                I gave an example of Weston Price's - Nutrition and Physical Degeneration as an example.
                I went and lived with hunter-gatherer tribes and wrote a book on what we can learn from them. The Awakened Ape

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                • #9
                  No but I would love to see your paper when it is completed.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by EvolutionaryPsychologist View Post
                    I'm asking if anyone knows of any books, papers, articles, studies...

                    I gave an example of Weston Price's - Nutrition and Physical Degeneration as an example.
                    oh, my bad. This book is not directly relevant but has some relevant and interesting stuff about the leisure time of h/g societies vs. agri/industrial societies: A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World [Book]

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                    • #11
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                      • #12
                        I don't have any books or articles to steer you towards but I have worked in many countries and seen how cultures that were pretty much intact a few decades ago have been turned, 180 degrees in some cases, by the introduction of Western culture. Talking to friends in this country, it seemed like their recent ancestors were pretty happy with their lives because they did not know of anything different. Hunter-gatherer, whatever, it was "it is what it is". Families stayed together for support, they worked the farm or whatever.

                        Then when TV came in, they saw something different and perhaps better than what they had and it changed their perception of happiness or what it took to be happy. Suddenly they were being told that they were behind or backwards if they did not have Levis, fancy cars, cell phones, etc.

                        It would be like if aliens landed in the US tomorrow and showed us that on their planet, everyone was rich, lived to be 500 years old in perfect health and didn't have to work. Suddenly our life would not seem as good as it did the day before.

                        I remember an article in the newspaper back in the 90s about an Eskimo tribe that basically lost their hundred, or thousands year old culture and the single factor that did it was the introduction of satellite. Here is a link to a similar article but I can't find the original one: http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cacheDwPwEdd2_IJ:arctic.synergiesprairies.ca/arctic/index.php/arctic/article/download/1787/1766+satellite+tv+eskimo+tribe+loss+of+culture&hl= en&gl=uk&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESiv-aLrIVKWgvnuJvVAlAWdSJQxfxCFs4XJniKvF_gqu07HbkLiXm8 XoAhNajPZ6YTzncK_mDROFjFtqGhx9agR03Qmp-veLje7UNjeIjKWSMV7sSfg0nMeMeLbSj2m4MAPmWTx&sig=AHI EtbTNqVwpDoTzTt0miJPNF1ZcdWfkYQ
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                        • #13
                          Consider The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff. also, if you google, the first thing that comes up is "scholarly articles on the continuum concept." so, worth a look.

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                          • #14
                            I think the Evolutionary Psychology and Biology Applied to Health, Business, and Relationships man can help you
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                            • #15
                              The continuum concept was helpful. Thanks.
                              I went and lived with hunter-gatherer tribes and wrote a book on what we can learn from them. The Awakened Ape

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