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The Tsimane people of Bolivia are as fit as marathon runners, they virtually never get heart disease, and they’re smart about keeping their traditional hunting-gathering-farming traditions alive while navigating the modern world. On top of that, they love home-made beer and fresh-killed barbecue, according to anthropologist Paul Hooper, who lived with them, learned their language, and earned their respect and friendship, though he never quite learned to hunt.