Author(s): Marjorie Shostak

Psychology, Culture & Social Science

This classic paperback is available once again--and exclusively--from Harvard University Press. This book 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 Marjorie Shostak, a Harvard anthropologist who succeeded, with Nisa's collaboration, in breaking through the immense barriers of language and culture, the story is a fascinating view of a remarkable woman.


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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

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

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

General Fields

  • : 9780674004320
  • : Harvard University Press
  • : Harvard University Press
  • : October 2000
  • : 232mm X 155mm X 25mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Marjorie Shostak
  • : Paperback
  • : 384