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Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman / Edition 1

Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman / Edition 1

by Marjorie ShostakMarjorie Shostak
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This is the story of the life of Nisa, a member of the !Kung tribe of hunter-gatherers from southern Africa's Kalahari desert. Told in her own words—earthy, emotional, vivid—to an anthropologist who succeeded, with Nisa's collaboration, in breaking through the barriers of language and culture, the story is a fascinating view of a remarkable woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674004320
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 11/14/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 296,785
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Marjorie Shostak was a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Emory University and an award-winning photographer.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Earliest Memories
  • 2. Family Life
  • 3. Life in the Bush
  • 4. Discovering Sex
  • 5. Trial Marriages
  • 6. Marriage
  • 7. Wives and Co-Wives
  • 8. First Birth
  • 9. Motherhood and Loss
  • 10. Change
  • 11. Women and Men
  • 12. Taking Lovers
  • 13. A Healing Ritual
  • 14. Further Losses
  • 15. Growing Older
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

George Marcus

When I reread Nisa, as I have done regularly in teaching over the years, I experience its originality, poignancy, and excitement afresh each time. Few books that were so influential in changing the look and feel of ethnography for entire generations of anthropologists have held up so well. It is a classic, with currency and continuing possibility.
George Marcus, Professor of Anthropology, Rice University

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