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Caač people

The Caač are a people living in the Pillar Mountains and the nearby Irin i heš (Snake's Back Islands).  

Habitat

The Pillar mountains is a dry wasteland, dotted by the huge totem pole-shaped rock pillars, near the Northern coast of the Southern Continent. Even though the hot and dry plains are inhospitable at the first glance, they offer a wide variety of small and large game for a hunter who can outrun it. Unfortunately the wasteland is also a home to man-eating dragons.

Culture

Major language groups and dialects

Average technological level

They are hunter-gatherers. They hunt with blowguns using darts that they poison with local venomous beetle larvae. They are also very skilled slingers, to the extend that they've been hired into Farean armies.

Common Dress code

Their main piece of clothing is a loincloth, and they rarely wear more than that. They make a variety of jewelery from wood, bone, pearl, stone and feather. They use bodypaint especially to paint protective symbols on the children.

Art & Architecture

the Caač build small shelters from tree branches or hay, or live in the caves where they are available. They do not build any permanent settlements, because they travel after the herds and plant-based food sources over the year.

Common Customs, traditions and rituals

Food culture

The Caač hunt the herds living in the desert and fish and gather sea-based resources on the coast. In the desert, they gather many kinds of plants. The ironwood trees provide bean like fruit, that can be fried and ground into flour to bake flat bread. The trees are also the main source of fire wood.   They also gather a wide selection of roots and fruit produced by the desert plants.   While they are near the coast, the also use a wide variety of sea based resources such as fish and sea weed. The diet of the tribes on Irin i heš is more sea based than on the mainland.

Coming of Age Rites

The men spend some time hunting in all-male groups before returning among the women and children.

Ideals

Gender Ideals

The men usually hunt while the women gather and take care of the children. The meat is more highly appreciated food, but the women produce more calories for the tribe, and the genders are essentially equal.

Relationship Ideals

Some Caač live in small mobile family groups. In the largerst Caač groups men spend a lot of time time hunting together, and are sometimes travelling even weeks. Especially young men can spend sometime living permanently in these small hunting groups. The women raise the children together. Both genders have very strong internal relationships.
Languages spoken
Related Locations
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Relations

The mainland Caač trade with Tasalwíri and other Faren settlements in the Ardawána region. The Caač sell them meat, hides, wild spices and handicrafts. They buy fabric and metal tools.   The most of the Caač of Irin i Heš are currently under a Zeribian. Many are forced to work as slaves in their mines, or are transported to work as slingmen in their armies.   Traditionally the mainland and island Caač have traded with each other, but that has reduced after the beginning of the Zeribian occupation.

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