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Professor Wiessner Publishes Article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Kalahari Bushmen"Firelight Talk of the Kalahari Bushmen: Did Tales Told over Fires Aid Our Social and Cultural Evolution?"

Professor Wiessner recorded activities and conversations among the Ju/'hoansi Kalahari Bushmen of Botswana and Namibia during both daylight and night hours to investigate how people use evening hours in hunter-gatherer societies. She found that 75% of daytime conversations involved economic discussions or gossip that regulated social relations. Nighttime conversation steered away from tensions and worries of the day and centered on song, dance, and storytelling that together comprised 81% of nighttime conversations.

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Last Updated: 3/22/18