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Recreation and Recreationists

Since ancient times, various forms of recreation have developed and evolved. Studies of societies such as the bushmen of the Kalahari and the Australian aboriginals have estimated that acquiring shelter, clothing, and food would have taken up only half their waking time. This would have left much time for the perfecting of hunting skills, the making of tools and ornamental items, and the maintenance of strong folklore traditions. In the Neolithic period, there was also cave painting, and, eventually, the making of ornaments. It seems likely that play-acting and music would also have been recreational activities in ancient societies, as well as athletics and also some competitive hunting techniques such as using bows and arrows, spears and the like.

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