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    We hear all the time bout people in 3rd world countries having to walk 5 miles a day for water.. these indigenous people are practically semi nomadic and build their own shelters and villages.. So, with this in mind, has anyone else ever wondered why they dont up sticks and build their shelters/ villages nearer to the water source ?


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    If I were to lose power at my home the pump in my well would not work so I would have to walk a couple hundred yards down the hill into the woods to the nearest stream. I would do that rather than clear the land near the stream, and build a house down there. But if i knew there would never be electrical power at my home I would start cutting trees.

    I would say that people endure the trek for water because they view it as temporary.


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    Also because someone else owns the land near the water, and would take drastic action if someone else started building a home on their land.
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    I am not talking about people with electricity and other utilities or even rock solid ,permanent accomodation and i really dont think people DO own the land near the water otherwise ,surely, they would object to people trespassing on their land and using their water , which, lets face it,, is a valuble commodity in those parts of the world
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    I'm not sure there is a single answer to this. There may be all sorts of different reasons. For example, they may not want to keep their livestock too close to the water source because it attracts predators as well as humans. Or maybe there are other people who have already set up home near the water source and others just have to be further away. or ....
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    Close to water is also close to potential flooding, mosquitoes and predators, as Strange points out. Moreover water is low by nature and people prefer to build high for view for defensive and aesthetic purposes. Also, if threat comes from landward side, water closes off avenue of escape unless vessels are available. May be other reasons, thanks for raising question, dotcomrade pipster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pipster View Post
    We hear all the time bout people in 3rd world countries having to walk 5 miles a day for water.. these indigenous people are practically semi nomadic and build their own shelters and villages.. So, with this in mind, has anyone else ever wondered why they dont up sticks and build their shelters/ villages nearer to the water source ?
    Perhaps everyone being miles from the source doesn't allow one group to claim it as their own thus preventing squabbles or something more deadly. I spend a lot of time in northern Canada and people there think nothing of driving 50 km to visit a friend or go to the movies. A 5 mile hike for a desert nomad is probably a walk in the park.?
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