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The environment in which a people live makes an important impact on lives they live. The distribution and abundance, or scarcity of natural resources will affect the size of a group and therefore affect many other aspects of the group’s way of life. These things include the distribution of power, or lack there of, and an importance in spiritual life. There are an almost infinite number of things that the environment has control of shaping, another is where or not a group of people will take on an artistic nature.
It only makes sense that the environment surrounding a particular group of people will determine how large a group will be able to be. This may even vary within one group depending on the season. The !Kung, that live in Sahara desert experience a difference in group size from the winter to summer seasons. During the winter months of June and July the weather can drop below freezing and water is abundant the smaller groups of twenty to thirty people travel and gather to around ephemeral pans, water holes that dry up during the summer. When the weather is hot during December these small groups gather together in bands of around two hundred people around more permanent pans when there are fewer water holes to travel to. (Miller 3/8/01) The Nuer pastoralists of Southern Africa are another group where the resources change enough that they have to change their group size and location depending on the seasons. During the rainy months of May and June they move to high grounds and live in smaller groups. When it’s dry during the months of December and January they move back down to the lowlands to herd their cows in a much larger group. (Miller 3/29/01)
The type of environment a group of people lives in affects their form of subsistence and this in turn will help determine whether a society will be egalitarian or hierarchy. An awesome egalitarian society are the !Kung. They are a nomadic people and must forage for their food and share whatever they come home with. The only thing that seems to show any sign of power is that a particular person may have the “ownership” of a waterhole that other people within the tribe must ask permission to use it. The funny thing about this is that no one is ever really denied access to these pans.
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