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The tale of 2 women--one a hunter-gatherer in Botswana, the opposite an in poor health American anthropologist--this strong e-book returns the reader to territory that Marjorie Shostak wrote of so poignantly within the now vintage Nisa: The existence and phrases of a !Kung Woman. right here, although, the floor has perceptibly shifted. First released in 1981, Nisa served as a stirring creation to anthropology's most simple query: Can there be actual knowing among humans of profoundly diversified cultures?

clinically determined with breast melanoma, and bothered via a feeling of labor but unfinished, Shostak back to Botswana in 1989. This ebook tells easily and without delay of her rediscovery of the !Kung humans she had come to grasp years before--the getting older, blunt, difficult Nisa, her stalwart husband Bo, figuring out Kxoma, fragile Hwantla, and Royal, translator and consultant. In Shostak's phrases, we sincerely see !Kung existence, the dry grasslands, the therapeutic dances, the threatening army presence. And we see Shostak herself, passionately curious, reporting the discomforts and confusion of fieldwork in addition to its fascination. by way of turns amused and annoyed, she describes the disappointments--and chastening lessons--that unavoidably stick to whilst anthropologists (like her more youthful self) romanticize the !Kung.

all through, we become aware of a girl of threatened overall healthiness yet huge, immense power as she pursues the promise she as soon as found within the !Kung humans and, especially, in Nisa. on the middle of the ebook is the extraordinary dating among those ladies from assorted worlds. they can be stuck off defend by way of the bounds in their mutual knowing. nonetheless, their decision to arrive out to one another lingers within the reader's brain lengthy after the tale ends--providing an eloquent reaction to questions that Nisa so memorably posed.

"It used to be no longer that we had develop into the easiest of pals or like shut kinfolk. It was once easily that she and that i had the most simple connection I had ever had with someone, ahead of or considering the fact that. It used to be as though the !Kung tradition and my talks with Nisa touched whatever past cause in me. although i did not unavoidably like every thing Nisa acknowledged, nor every little thing approximately her, my middle have been captured. yet how usually i needed Nisa were extra noble, extra selfless, and extra philosophical. Nisa needed to be recognized good to be preferred, for she used to be complicated and hard. She most likely could say a lot an analogous approximately me. We either sought after issues from one another, and neither folks received up to we was hoping for. That we either obtained a few of what we wanted--well, that made our friendship tremendous valuable."
--from the Epilogue

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