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Scientists have examined the seasonal variations in the gut-microbial composition, or microbiota, of the Hadza, one of the world's few remaining traditional hunter-gatherer populations. The findings confirm that the Hadza microbiota is more diverse than, and substantially different from, that of industrialized countries' urban-dwelling denizens


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looks like their guts are much healthier with 100 grames or more per day of fibre, the modern processed food diet only has abot 15 grams per day

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This is very interesting research, the BBC as part of the Radio 4 series The Food Program have been following this research. Their reporter Dan Saladino went out to Lake Eyasi to visit the Hadzabe and talk to the researchers and go out hunting with the people to understand their diet. In the recent programmes broadcast back in July besides the scientist they talked to Daudi Petersen of Dorobo Safaris who when not guiding safaris including visits to the Hadzabe of the Yaeda Valley, has spend a lot of time working with the Hadzabe and probably done more than almost anyone to secure land rights for the Hadzabe, to protect them from the pastoralist peoples constantly encroaching on their lands. Being hunter gatherers living in an egalitarian society they don’t have tribal leaders to represent them and fight their corner or the knowledge and means to secure legal title to their land. Were it not for the hard work of Daudi and of course others, neighbouring tribes would simply walk all over the Hadzabe and take their land from them, resulting in their culture disappearing even faster than is already the case ultimately leading to the demise of the Hadzabe one of the World's last remaining traditional hunter gatherer peoples.


Just to clarify for anyone unfamiliar with these people, used correctly the name Hadza just refers to an individual person, to refer to the people correctly you should use the plural Hadzabe, however as in the case of these research most people do just tend to refer to them as the Hadza.  


If anyone wishes to contribute to helping protect the Hadzabe and their culture you can donate to the Dorobo Fund and you can also purchase limited edition hardback copies of Daudi Petersen’s book on these remarkable people Hadzabe by the Light of a Million Fires.


Dorobo Fund



Daudi Peterson, working closely with a committee of Hadzabe Elders in Tanzania, gives an unprecedented inside account of one of the world’s last hunter-gatherer societies as seen through their own eyes. Over thousands of years, the Hadzabe oral history unfolded as elders narrated their stories around countless fires in their bush camps of the remote Yaeda valley. Building on years spent working with and accompanying Hadzabe in the field, Daudi and Trude Peterson and Jon Cox photographed hunter-gatherer daily life, culture, and knowledge, from digging tubers to collecting honey and medicinal plants, hunting game and making tools out of just about everything. This documentary rich with photographs and illustrations is an innovative approach to documenting one of the world’s most unique remaining indigenous cultures.


If you don’t have cash to spare but are still interested in the book you may be able to pick up a paperback copy from Amazon or some other bookseller.


If you are in the UK you can find the radio programs on the BBC website, I'm not sure if you’re elsewhere in the world whether you can access the programs.

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