11 Hunter-gathering in the Highlands?
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People likewise gather edible insects, larvae and some reptiles’ eggs as the opportunity presents itself while going about other daily activities. It again falls mostly to women and children to collect these creatures, except for large wood-eating beetle larvae. They ﬁnd and catch many of these creatures while gardening, digging up crickets, disturbing grasshoppers and cicadas in grass, and so on. They are the ones who eat most of them, particularly children. Although the Wola identify and name seventeen edible ‘creepy-crawly’ (elelbiy) creatures, and several of them are common (see Catalogue 1.7), they do not feature often in the diet. This emerges as the theme of this study of wild food resources, from large furry game animals to small creeping insects, and through various forest plants to frogs and ﬁsh. None of them contribute signiﬁcantly to what people eat.