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10.C – analyze the effects of physical and human geographic factors such as weather, landforms, waterways, transportation, and communication on major historical events in the United States

How does a hunter-gatherer lifestyle correlate with a nomadic lifestyle?

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The very first humans survived on a subsistence diet, which means they lived on the bare necessities. They obtained their food by foraging the wild for plants that could be eaten, or by hunting and scavenging animals that could be eaten.

Early people followed herds of animals they hunted.

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They roamed through the wild gathering plants that could be eaten.

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Combining those two words gives you their name: Hunter-Gatherers.

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Hunter-Gatherers never stayed in one place long because they must find enough food to live.

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Because they were always on the move they are called nomads.

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Nomadic people would often roam many miles.

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They could cover a large territory in search of resources to survive.

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Most nomadic people live a subsistence lifestyle where they have just enough to survive.

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This lifestyle is hard and survival depends on your natural surroundings. Nomads could wander into areas that are impossible to survive for very long.

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Today, most societies are sedentary and their people do not wander to find food.

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Discussion Questions

What are the benefits of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle?

What are the disadvantages of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle?

What can be concluded about the location of a group of people over several generations (hundreds of years) if they live a hunter-gatherer lifestyle?

How could hunter-gatherer people live a sedentary lifestyle?

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1. Hulme, “Romanticism and Classicism”; Eliot, The Waste Land; Woolf, “Modern Fiction,” 11.1. Hulme, “Romanticism and Classicism”; Eliot, The Waste Land; Woolf, “Modern Fiction,” 11.1. Hulme, “Romanticism and Classicism”; Eliot, The Waste Land; Woolf, “Modern Fiction,” 11.

2. Hulme, “Romanticism and Classicism”; Eliot, The Waste Land; Woolf, “Modern Fiction,” 11.1. Hulme, “Romanticism and Classicism”; Eliot, The Waste Land; Woolf, “Modern Fiction,” 11.

3. Hulme, “Romanticism and Classicism”; Eliot, The Waste Land; Woolf, “Modern Fiction,” 11.