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Looks like someone copied this article from/to here: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:14, 26 July 2014 (UTC)


I've removed Pastoralist, moved everything to here, cattle stations or sheep stations. The text below was on the Pastoralist talk page, so thought I'd move it across as well. Fishies Plaice 21:19, 15 May 2006 (UTC)

I have removed the following added by User:

Nomadic and or sedentary, the pastoralists centered around raising large animals, usually cattle, sheep, goats and horses. Pastoral nomadism is a distinct livelihood and resource utilisation system wherein practitioners depend on the seasonal movements of livestock withing natural environments (often depends on water sources and pastures).

My reasons are:

  • Sounds conversational, like it was intended to be on the talk page
  • Past tense. Pastoralists still exist.

--Scott Davis Talk 13:49, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

What about a merger with animal husbandry? The article itself says they are one and the same. -- (talk) 11:32, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

Traditional Cultures: Mongols[edit]

Perhaps I'm showing my ignorance here, but I believed Mongols, or certain tribes to be pastoral. Specifically, those who are nomadic, live on the steppes, and raise sheep and use the wool to create felted coverings for their yurt/ger dwellings. Perhaps Mongols are a sub-set or super-set for one or more of the cultures listed. If this is so, please excuse my ignorance. Christian M. Cepel -- 08:02, 18 May 2007 (UTC)


This article is the subject of an educational assignment at Mount Allison University supported by WikiProject Anthropology and the Wikipedia Ambassador Program during the 2012 Q1 term. Further details are available on the course page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Emmawilson15 (talkcontribs) 17:01, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

This article was in violation of Wikipedia's copyright of terms and conditions, I articulated the article in my own words. I drew upon relevant information on pastoralism from Moran and Townsend to improve the article. I also added information on the mobility of the Ariaal. I emphasized that pastoralists are among the most flexible populations. I added information on pastoralist societies, including field armed men to protect their livestock and their people and disorganized foraging. I also discussed the viability of subsistence and trade relations with cultivators. I ensured that the bibliography corresponded with the reference section. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Emmawilson15 (talkcontribs) 18:27, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

The mobility section reads a little like a bullet point list, but it's a succinct page with lots of accessible information. I'd be interested in reading about modern day pastoralists. I made some minor hyperlink edits. Lrcobbe (talk) 14:05, 2 April 2012 (UTC)

This additions made by Emmawilson15 were incredibly relevant and highly informative for the reader. The material was presented effectively and the user ensured that the article was concise, clear and effective for the reader. The article too appeals to a wide audience, in that it is educational and informative but still can provide one with a basic level understanding of the subject matter. The addition of references, too, demonstrates thoughtful research and planning were implemented in editing this page. Additionally, further information and references are made easily accessible to the reader. Furthermore, the article reflects a clear understanding and appreciation of material on pastoralism as well as a clear understanding of Wikipedia and how to make proper edits. Alliepa (talk) 01:23, 5 April 2012 (UTC)


I agree with Lrcobbe's comment: "The mobility section reads a little like a bullet point list..."

I found this sentence particularly confusing: "Pastoralist societies have had field armed men protect their livestock and their people and then to return into a disorganized pattern of foraging." I'm not sure what was intended here, and I don't have access to the source. Can someone clarify this, or should this be deleted?Apegrrl (talk) 21:58, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

Misleading caption?[edit]

Did the Khoikhoi really live as herders for “thousands of years”? According to Jared Diamond they originally got their livestock (cows and sheep) through contact with Bantu speaking people. When did their cultural ancestors com into contact with each other? This could have been found out by Archaeologists tracing styles of and dating artefacts.

2013-08-16 Lena Synnerholm, Märsta, Sweden.