Setting and Mind Setting
The Western philosophical “dwelling-in-the-world” perspective carries into hunter-gatherer studies distortive large-scale biases, and the ecological-anthropological perspective registers foragers’ dwellings as temporary huts. Aligning with studies of homes and houses as cultural sites, this chapter examines the forager hamlet as the physical setting and the mind setting of everyday life. Ethnography spanning the foragers’ vernacular architecture, domestic routines (especially sleeping and storage), (dis)order in the hamlet, material belongings, and semantics of dwelling(s) reveals the value accorded diversity, togetherness, and undivided habitus as well as locals’ conceptions of existence as pregiven being-with others and of plurality as encompassing diverse-and-related beings.
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