Journal article

Choice and constraint in a Papua New Guinean food quest

PD Dwyer

Human Ecology | Springer | Published : 1985

Abstract

Historical factors and lineage affiliation are interpreted as constraining choice of sweet potato or sago as a major source of starch by Etolo family groups. The annual scheduling regime encouraged an association between the primary mode of starch production and the primary technique for obtaining game mammals. An emphasis upon sweet potato was linked to trapping and an emphasis upon sago was linked to hunting. For larger family groups whose membership was older, the preceding constraints were relaxed. By manipulating residential affiliation or the composition of "economic units," people could offset constraints of history, lineage affiliation, and family size. Within the framework of those ..

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