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Population Pressure and Climate as Dynamics within the Arctic Small Tool Tradition of Alaska
Bruce J. Lutz
Vol. 19, No. 2 (1982), pp. 143-149
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40316033
Page Count: 7
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The dynamics of Arctic Small Tool tradition subsistence and settlement patterns result from the interaction of prey species' behavior and climatic conditions, as well as from the technological base of these prehistoric populations. It is suggested that climatic conditions during the sub-Atlantic episode had a differential effect on these populations. North of Bering Strait the netting of anadromous fish became untenable, while to the south land mammal hunting became more difficult and net fishing was increasingly relied upon. The behavioral responses of human groups to these conditions are discussed and the critical use of ethnographic analogy is recommended.
Arctic Anthropology © 1982 University of Wisconsin Press