When a 200,000-Year-Old Culture Encountered the Modern Economy

Tsumkwe is the closest thing to a town in Namibia’s Nyae Nyae district, the epitome of remoteness in a country where almost everywhere is remote. Tsumkwe is also the capital of roughly 3,500 Ju/’hoansi, perhaps the best known of the few groups of people who continued to live as hunter-gatherers well into the 20th century.

If Tsumkwe has a center, then it is the Tsumkwe General Dealer, a small thatched shop and gas station that stands at the town’s only paved intersection. It is here that most Ju/’hoansi gravitate whenever money finds its way into their pockets, to purchase dry foods, alcohol, soft drinks, cookware, tools, blankets, and medicine.

. The Ju/’hoansi had an unyielding confidence in the providence of their environment and in their knowledge of how to exploit it. This meant that the Ju/’hoansi, like other hunter-gatherers, focused almost myopically on the short term—if the environment always supplied food and materials and the seasons were broadly predictable, what point was there in worrying about the future? This confidence also meant that the Ju/’hoansi did not store food for more than a few days and only expended energy on securing just enough to meet their immediate needs—in much the same way that many harried city dwellers live hand to mouth on convenience foods.

But unlike those urbanites, the Ju/’hoansi shared their food with one another according to a set of social prescriptions that ensured pretty much everyone, including the young, old, or disabled, got a share. As a result the Ju/’hoansi were also thoroughly egalitarian, mercilessly ribbing anyone that developed delusions of grandeur and seeing no point in accumulating wealth or formalizing systems of exchange. They also enjoyed giving friends ritualistic gifts called hxaro, but in these cases it was the implied affection in the act of giving that was important—the gift …read more

Source:: The Atlantic – Business

MEGA Street Fair set for Aug. 5 in Eagle Mountain

EAGLE MOUNTAIN — Ready to go on a shopping spree?

The city is sponsoring a MEGA Street Fair Saturday, Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Peregrine Road.

The event, which aims to support small business in the region, will feature more than 100 retailers ready to showcase their goods and services, such as apparel, jewelry, furniture, books and cosmetics.

In addition, there will be eight food trucks on hand, local dance groups and a giant color-by-numbers mural that anyone can help with.

For more information, log on to eaglemountaincity.org.

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Source:: Deseret News – Business News

UDOT to create a new east-west connection across I-15 in Layton

LAYTON — A new, nearly $24 million project is underway that will create a new east-west connection across I-15 between Main Street (state Route 126) and Hill Field Road and clear traffic in downtown Layton.

For some drivers, spending any time at Hill Field Road and Main Street can be a bit frustrating.

“It’s terrible,” said driver Lorri Rogers. “I avoid this area, usually, because of the way they’ve designed the traffic.”

“The left turns are ridiculous,” said driver Allen Brayton with a laugh. “Don’t like that part.”

Over the last couple of years, the Utah Department of Transportation made some improvements that alleviated some of the congestion in the area with ThrU turn intersections and a new interchange at Hill Field Road. ThrU Turn intersections eliminate long left-turn lights. Instead of turning left at a designated intersection, drivers will move through that intersection and into a “bulb out,” or a lane that extends outside the normal traffic lanes where drivers will make a U-turn. From there, drivers will turn right at that intersection where they would have made a left turn.

But construction started earlier this week on a bridge that could help give drivers another option. The project will connect 1425 North on the east with a bridge across I-15 to the existing roadway between Kohl’s and the Cutrubus Motors body shop, just north of the Layton Hills Mall.

“That will provide a really smooth way for people to go from the west side of Layton over into the mall area, without further congestion at that interchange and that area right around the mall,” UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders said.

The project, which is a combined effort between UDOT and Layton, also includes improvements to the intersection at Main Street and Layton Crossing; Angel Street will become a cul-de-sac …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News