THE HADZABE

The Hadzabe, or Hadza, are Indigenous hunter-gatherers (or “foragers”) living in north-central Tanzania. The total population is around 1,000 people, with some members of the community continuing to hunt and gather wild plants and animals - they keep no livestock and don’t tend any farms or gardens. As wild resources are increasingly narrowed, other members of the community have moved into villages and mix hunting and gathering with wage labor (working as game scouts, as security guards for local farms, or make their living by participating in ethnotourism and taking visitors to Tanzania on hunting walkabouts).

 

Hadzabe children are very successful foragers and can often collect up to half of their daily caloric needs by the time that they are five years old! While many children continue to forage, they are also attending boarding school during the year. Many families choose to pair their hunting and gathering lifestyle with formal education for their children.

 

This is where you can help. Our educational projects support children when they attend school, providing necessary school supplies, transportation, and meals. Our economic development projects support Hadzabe mothers so that they can, in turn, have the financial capital to support their families – including sending their children to school with the supplies that they need.

 To learn more about the Hadzabe culture, visit these websites:

The Nature Conservancy

National Geographic

Survival International  

The Last of the First (feature length film)  

Photos courtesy of friends of Olanakwe Community Fund, Peter Ungar (Anthropologist), and Jean du Plessis (WayoAfrica.com)

© 2020 by Olanakwe Community Fund

P.O. Box 61651

Boulder City, NV 89006 

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