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Saturday, August 10 • 4:10pm - 4:50pm
Tribal Living: How Might an Ancestrally Inspired, Gender-Segregated Housing Model Outperform the Nuclear Family as the Basic Domestic Unit of Society?

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Why is the nuclear family failing, and what can an ancestral perspective teach us about it? We might consider that ancient nomadic tribes did not live in houses. Permanent structures only became possible when agriculture permitted staying in one place long term. Without houses, tribes were not organized by nuclear family units, but rather communal kin-based groups of up to about 150 members. Children were raised collectively rather than by monogamous parental pairs. The nuclear family, which developed only after permanent housing allowed people to segregate themselves by parentage, has attempted to replace community living but has fallen short on many counts. By examining the health, social, and growth-oriented criteria that a domestic environment seeks to fulfill, we can evaluate the ways in which an ancestrally inspired, gender-segregated housing model suggested here might outperform the nuclear family domestic model as a basic unit of family and society.

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Stephanie Welch

Stephanie Welch has been an ancestral health advocate since 2010. Her penchant for disruptive anthropology has led her to investigate and challenge many commonly held beliefs and taboos about being a modern human. In addition to the original paleo focus on how to determine what constitutes... Read More →

Saturday August 10, 2019 4:10pm - 4:50pm PDT
West Ballroom B