Sunday, January 16, 2011

January 15, 2011

 For our first day in the Yaeda Valley, we joined Hadza men and women in collecting two kinds of tubers (//’ekwa* and shumuko) and honey.  As we gathered, the women showed us how to eat the small, raw tubers, and later we sat around a fire to roast the larger tubers.  In the afternoon, some students learned how to make arrows and jewelry, while others learned to climb an ancient baobab tree.  Later, the group came together to visit a nearby Hadza bush camp and see how these nomadic people live in the wilderness. All of these activities allowed the students and Hadza to bond.

*//’  represents a click in the Hadzane language

PS- Ja-Z and KT we saw some spectacular views today on our hike, hopefully pics to follow!

Picture: Virginia Hall, guided by Hadza women, digs for //’ekwa.

Photo credit: Megan Krol

Photo editing: Griffin Lotz


  1. Hope those tubers were tasty! How often do we get a chance to eat what we've harvested that day? What great stories you will have to pass on when you get home to your families :) Dana, hi lovey! Every chance I get, thinking of you. Nicole had a wardrobe crisis yesterday and I heard her mumble, "I need Dana....NOW" So cute. She managed. Can't wait to hug you <3 Love, Mom

  2. Go Virg! Keep digging! Great to see a picture of you. How incredibly cool. Tastes like chicken?
    Mom & Dad

  3. What an experience! To be with, and do what the Hadza do to gather food and how they live. It is wonderful for them to share this with you all. This trip is a once in a life time, and great learning experience. It is quite apropos that you also learned to climb the Boabab Tree, the tree of life. Keep on climbing high!!!

  4. Sam,how wonderful for all of you to meet the Hadza people and learn their ways.Look forward to seeing the pictures of all the activities you were able to share with them.Has your Swahili improved? Lol ..... Well SAM,only 6 more days until YOUR BIG 21ST BIRTHDAY.Most celebrate at a bar or casino,but you step it up a notch,in the Serengeti.How awesome. Enjoy the rest of your time with the HADZA, Miss you tonnnns,Love you More. xoxo MOM

  5. Hey Megs,
    I would say this is about as broadening a life experience as you're gonna get! Soak it all up, Sweetie. I know you'll get the most out of this trip. And by the way, it's supposed to get down to 2 tonight! Yesterday was a winter wonderland. So enjoy that African sun - I hope you aren't getting burned on a regular basis! Love you, Mom

  6. Kaitlyn B: so nice to be able to read & see what you have been doing too. Hope your getting alot of pictures. Lov Ya Momma

  7. Hi Liz-
    Did you climb the tree, or make arrows and jewelry? Josh will be jealous of the tree climbing experience. I have always thought he was part monkey. Hope the tubers you found made for a tasty lunch or dinner. I can"t wait for the next installment. I love all the pictures too! Were you in the waterfall picture?
    Hugs and kisses,

  8. Elizabeth,
    As we have been told before - when in Rome do as the Romans, in this case when in the Yaeda Valley - do as the Hadza! Yum tubers! Raw or cooked - which way is best? A little catsup and oh never mind. I just can't wait to read your journal and follow with the pictures! Keep on smiling - live each day until it is running over! Love you lots Momma

  9. VIRG! i miss you a ton! you better get your africa on when you get back here!! looks like fun mamaaa! love you! xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

  10. Hey Virg! How did those tubers taste? Like Con's sweet potatoes? Nice to spot you in Africa - makes me homesick! xo Polly

  11. Hey Dana did you try the tubers too?wanted to dare you to ride one of those elephants before coming home. If you do tell your friends to take a picture for me.Hope you have another awsome day tomorrow! xoxoxo Guela

  12. Hi Dana, wanted to tell you how great it was to hear from you finally.This is my second attempt tonight to get this message through to you. Guela says the difficulty is age related...haha
    Can't wait to hear your stories soon.
    xoxoxo Finally, Guelo