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What do people hunt?

The Quichua hunt small birds and animals using a variety of techniques. The blowgun is an ancient tool--silent and, in the right hands, extremely accurate. Few people use the blowgun nowadays, however. Rifles have almost completely replaced them.

Quichua with blowgun

The paca was a common game animal until it became scarce due to overhunting. Pacas and their larger cousin, agoutis, are rodents which live in the forest. They make a delicious meal.

Monkeys, wild pigs, rabbits, deer, and birds and fish of all kinds were also widely hunted. Today, most people must buy meat at the market with money earned from commercial agriculture.


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