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Forest People
     

Forest People

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by Collin M. Turnbull
 

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- Colin M. Turnbull's best-selling, classic work - describes the author's experiences while living with the BaMbuti Pygmies, not as a clinical observer, but as their friend learning their customs and sharing their daily life.

Turnbill conveys the lives and feelings of the BaMbuti whose existence centers on their intense love for their forest

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- Colin M. Turnbull's best-selling, classic work - describes the author's experiences while living with the BaMbuti Pygmies, not as a clinical observer, but as their friend learning their customs and sharing their daily life.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671200312
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
01/01/1961
Series:
Mainstream Ser.

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The Forest People 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was considered one of the best of its day on the pygmy. It was written long enough ago that there had not been too much interference from the out side world.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was an easy read, however, it was outdated and I felt the author was very ethnocentric.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i can know about forest people much more from this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compelling read, important topic, atrocious format. This did not translate from book to nook well at all, unfortunately. But if the poor format doesn't deter you, you are in for a treat because this book will really pull at your heartstrings.