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dc.contributor.advisorMather, Charles
dc.contributor.advisorMercader, Julio
dc.contributor.authorLee, Patrick
dc.date2018-06
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-19T17:48:22Z
dc.date.available2018-04-19T17:48:22Z
dc.date.issued2018-04-16
dc.identifier.citationLee, P. (2018). Digging Droughts: Maasai and Palaeoanthropological Knowledge, Subsistence, and Collaboration in Oldupai Gorge, Tanzania (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. doi:10.11575/PRISM/31800en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/106513
dc.description.abstractTanzania’s Oldupai Gorge is a flagship human origins research destination, yet less recognised is that the Maasai inhabit the region. This thesis uses actor-network-theory to ethnographically compare palaeoanthropological and Maasai epistemology and ontology in Oldupai, and to understand why collaboration between the groups has been sporadic. Researchers and locals constructed knowledge in equally logical forms, combining established facts and artefacts with novel data to produce new facts and artefacts. Instead of fundamental epistemic disparities, the content of each group’s knowledge differed, and this content was tied to subsistence strategies and culture. Scientists and the Maasai acquired resources in non-scientific and non-pastoral worlds to support their respective livelihoods, and multiplied ontologies by enacting composite – yet conflicting – versions of hybrid drought. Even though both groups dug in Oldupai, palaeoanthropological and Maasai subsistence exigencies have precluded meaningful collaboration. However, mutually beneficial partnerships are emerging in the birthplace of humanity.en_US
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.
dc.subjectOlduvai
dc.subjectOldupai
dc.subjectMaasai
dc.subjectPalaeoanthropology
dc.subjectEnactment
dc.subjectDrought
dc.subjectActor-network-theory
dc.subjectOntology
dc.subjectEpistemology
dc.subjectCollaboration
dc.subjectModernity
dc.subjectOral traditions
dc.subjectPostcolonial archaeology
dc.subjectBlack boxes
dc.subjectKnowledge
dc.subjectPastoralism
dc.subjectSubsistence
dc.subjectTanzania
dc.subjectEthnography
dc.subjectArchaeology
dc.subjectScience and technology studies
dc.subjectConservation
dc.subjectPolitical ecology
dc.subjectCultural anthropology
dc.subjectEthnobotany
dc.subjectStandardized package
dc.subjectEseriani
dc.subject.classificationAnthropologyen_US
dc.subject.classificationArchaeologyen_US
dc.subject.classificationAnthropology--Culturalen_US
dc.subject.classificationHistory--Africanen_US
dc.subject.classificationHistory of Scienceen_US
dc.titleDigging Droughts: Maasai and Palaeoanthropological Knowledge, Subsistence, and Collaboration in Oldupai Gorge, Tanzania
dc.typemaster thesis
dc.publisher.facultyArts
dc.publisher.facultyGraduate Studies
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/31800
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.nameMA
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropology
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgary
dc.contributor.committeememberHayashi, Naotaka
dc.contributor.committeememberOetelaar, Gerald A.
dc.contributor.committeememberThomas, Melanee Lynn
dc.publisher.placeCalgaryen
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University of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.