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date: 18 January 2021

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This article explores the persistence of hunting and gathering in South East Asia. The region is a difficult one to summarize as it constitutes hunter-gatherers living on the Asian mainland and across one of the world's largest archipelagos. The article focuses on the nature of interactions between foragers and farmers, particularly those in which groups have negotiated social and political engagements through the medium of trade. The history of foragers across South East Asia demonstrates a rich mosaic of practices and of peoples that appear fluid and in flux rather than fixed and engaged in the worlds changing around them. The dynamic nature of hunter-gatherer lives today, in the face of enormous change, presents us with a lively lesson for thinking about the nature of hunter-gatherer inter-group relations in history as well as in prehistory.

Keywords: South East Asia, hunter-gatherer, foragers, farmers, trade, social

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