THE HADZA: LAST OF THE FIRST
The Hadza, East Africa’s last remaining true hunter-gatherers, have lived sustainably on their land near the Rift Valley birthplace of humanity for over 50,000 years. Like other indigenous peoples around the globe, the Hadza now face grave challenges to their way of life. The film is a call to action to establish a protective land corridor for the survival of the Hadza as a community.

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New York Times review of The Hadza: Last of the First

From the New York Times: “Articulate and sympathetic experts, a calmly authoritative narrator (Alfre Woodard), powerfully conversational subtitles and breathtaking scenery enliven the film’s message, which, unfortunately, seems to be that the end of this way of life is just a matter of time. (And not very much time.) If that assessment is on target, the most encouraging thing that can be said to the Hadza right now is that at least they’ll have a movie to show their grandchildren what it was like.”

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Hope for the Hadza: Protecting one of the world’s last hunter-gatherers

By David Banks, Regional Director of The Nature Conservancy in Africa
This unique indigenous group is at great risk of losing the elements that have allowed them to thrive for so long.

Mkalama’s voice trails off with lingering harmony from other members of the Hadza clan, and we are left with chills from the power of the sound. The acacia fire we are gathered around still warms us and the dust from shuffling feet is only now beginning to settle. I’m sitting here on the fringe of a granite dome looking down into the Yaeda Valley of Tanzania, and I’m surrounded by an interesting mix of American donors to The Nature Conservancy and members of the Hadza tribe, some of the last hunter-gatherers left on Earth.

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There Is No ‘Healthy’ Microbiome

LONDON — IN the late 17th century, the Dutch naturalist Anton van Leeuwenhoek looked at his own dental plaque through a microscope and saw a world of tiny cells “very prettily a-moving.” He could not have predicted that a few centuries later, the trillions of microbes that share our lives — collectively known as the microbiome — would rank among the hottest areas of biology.

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What Works for Sharks and Honeybees …

The Hadza people of Tanzania are among the last hunter-gatherer groups on earth, foraging on foot for most of their food. Now scientists have analyzed their movements and determined that they fit a mathematical pattern that also works for sharks, honeybees and other foraging animals.

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The Evolution of Diet

As we look to 2050, when we’ll need to feed two billion more people, the question of which diet is best has taken on new urgency. The foods we choose to eat in the coming decades will have dramatic ramifications for the planet. Simply put, a diet that revolves around meat and dairy, a way of eating that’s on the rise throughout the developing world, will take a greater toll on the world’s resources than one that revolves around unrefined grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables.

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Alyssa Crittenden, UNLV – Microbiota of the Hadza Tribe

The old saying goes: you are what you eat. This appears to carry through into the microbial content of one’s gastrointestinal tract as well.

Dr. Alyssa Crittenden, an anthropologist at The University of Nevada Las Vegas, compared the bacteria living inside an indigenous African tribe with that of an urban dwelling control group to study the differences.

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Not Everyone Needs Probiotics, Suggests Study of Hunter-Gatherer Guts

Gut response. These Hadza women have different gut bacteria than Hadza men, probably because they eat a lot of high-fiber tuberous root vegetables.

After taking an antibiotic or catching an intestinal bug, many of us belt down probiotic drinks to restore the “natural balance” of organisms in our intestines. Probiotics are one of the fastest growing products in the food industry, now added to yogurts, drinks, and baby food. Yet, not everyone needs them to stay healthy.

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National Geographic: First Look at the Microbes of Modern Hunter-Gatherers

Things are changing. Stephanie Schnorr from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and a team of international scientists have, for the first time, published the microbiomes of modern hunter-gatherers—27 Hadza people from Tanzania.

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The Hadza: A Present-Tense Existence

Yet this small community of some 300 indigenous inhabitants found along most of the perimeter of Lake Eyasi in the Great Rift Valley in present-day Tanzania, where we as a species evolved, has managed to sustain a way of life that has prevailed for thousands of years.

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National Geographic “The Hadza”

They grow no food, raise no livestock, and live without rules or calendars. They are living a hunter-gatherer existence that is little changed from 10,000 years ago. What do they know that we’ve forgotten?

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