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Turnbill conveys the lives and feelings of the BaMbuti whose existence centers on their intense love for their forest world, which, in return for their affection and trust, provides their every need. We witness their hunting parties and nomadic camps; their love affairs and ancient ceremonies - the molimo, in which they praise the forest as provider, protector, and deity; the elima, in which the young girls come of age; and the nkumbi circumcision rites, in which the villagers of the surrounding non-Pygmy tribes attempt to impose their culture on the Pygmies, whose forest home they dare not enter.
The Forest People eloquently shows us a people who have found in the forest something that makes their life more than just living - a life that, with all its hardships and problems and tragedies, is a wonderful thing of happiness and joy.
Posted December 29, 2012
The tall girl walked carefully through the forest, her long black hair waving in the wind. A long pouch large enough to hold several arrows was slung over her shoulder. In her left hand she held her bow, engraved with swirling patterns. Madred suddenly stopped and ducked down beneath the undergrowth. A buck stood about 7 yards away, its head raised and its ears flicking. The buck relaxed and lowered its head, sniffing for food. The dark haired girl silently and slowly loaded her bow, pulling back the arrow, which was fit to the bow. Madred waited for the perfect moment and released the arrow, sending it flying accurately towards the buck. The arrow struck the buck's heart, sending him running. Mared knew he would colapse after running for a little while, so she waited until she heard a thump to go after it. Mared bent down next to her kill and proudly examined its horns. It was a nine-pointer, and a big one too. She gently removed her arrow and wiped of the blood with a dirty rag. Slinging the bow over her shoulder and putting her bow back in the pouch, the 14 year old girl dragged her kill to 'waterfall' result 29 by the horns.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 31, 2005
This beautiful anthropoligical work told in a srory is extrenmle fascinating. I was completely captivated by this book, which is why I read it four times this winter. It is taking me a step forward in coming to terms with life's different perspectives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 7, 2002
Posted April 29, 2001
Along with its companion, and equally fascinating, book, 'The Mountain People,' Turnbull has managed to plumb the depths of what makes people what they are, to build an airtight argument that we are, for better or worse, the product of our environments. Thus, free will, culture, ethics, morality, etc. are all subservient to physical circumstances, to opportunities, or the lack thereof, in the part of the world we happen to inhabit.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 30, 2001
Turnbull very effectively portrayed a people with beautiful language and description. The wealth of knowledge given by Turnbull is not only entertaining, but of high intellectual value.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2000
Posted July 20, 2010
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