After an early breakfast, we broke up into smaller groups to join the Hadza for a morning of hunting. It was a learning experience for all, as we did not have translators. Over the next 6 hours, we followed the Hadza into the valley as the scaled enormous baobob trees to harvest honey. Agile enough to climb one-handed, the Hadza were fearless as they stuck their hands into swarming beehives, throwing down honeycomb for us to taste. In action, the hunter’s were very impressive as they swiftly moved about, looking for prey. Two groups returned to camp with the day’s catch; a bushbaby and a bush hyrax to cook over the fire. It was intriguing to see how the hunter’s prepared their kill and made us appreciate how the Hadza people live off of the land. The day ended with a hike up a cliff side to see rock art that dated up to 5,000 years old. Although the creators of the rock art are unknown, we plan to use digital imaging software that enables us to see beneath the surface, revealing pictures in their original state.
Hadza hunter climbing baobab tree.
Photo by: Raechel Kaozlowski