Nisa the life and words of a kung woman

In this way human culture evolved in a social setting where male reproductive success was mediated through the social awareness of the female gatherers, upon whom the child rearing and basic food resource of the society depended.

Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman

When their leisure is not beset with pressing problems, they exchange banter and merriment by the firelight, often talking about their relationships long into the night. These populations are considered to be some of the most ancient human lineages.

Marjorie Shostak

It appears that San women bite the cord with their teeth and bury the placenta after giving birth, before walking back to the settlement. Kung society, all manner of sexual liaisons occur, from partnership and serial monogamy, through open polygyny, to a variety of affairs pursued with passion by some members of both sexes, although extramarital sex is 'forbidden' by the male elders unless to entertain an age mate of the husband.

Main factors affecting the frequency, duration and nature of play activities.

Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman

With urban employment and industrialization, indigenous people are changing their nomadic lifestyle. Nisa, too, tells her stories in the past tense.

ǃKung people

Kung no longer practice male circumcision as initiation to adulthood. Friendships are sealed by lending or sharing wives, and the women are rarely consulted.

Male activities may require long absences from home and travel over great distances, not possible for women burdened with children. Films and music[ edit ] A film, Lost in the Desertfeatures a small boy, stranded in the desert, who encounters a group of wandering San. However, these gender roles are not strict and people do all jobs as needed with little or no shame.

Mandenka, Biaka and San. This has historical consistency with cultural accounts of Makeda, the Ethopian tale of the Queen of Sheba. The lizard is an image of awareness bound too closely to the earth and its rocks to be good for the future. The cultural construction of play. Instead, women spend their time preparing the food and making the clothing from the animal hides the men give them.

Men also engaged in these activities.

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Hence the beetle woman, its future self, though also intimately of the earth, was winged, capable and desirous of taking to that other great opposite of creation, the sky. Beliefs. The ǃKung people of southern Africa recognize a Supreme Being (Khu/Xu/Xuba/Huwa) who is the Creator and Upholder of life.

Like other African High Gods, he also punishes man by means of the weather, and the Otjimpolo-!Kung know him as Erob, who "knows everything". They also have animistic and animatistic beliefs, which means they believe in both personifications and impersonal forces.

Marjorie Shostak

Nisa: The Life and Words of a!Kung Woman / Edition 1 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 /5(6).

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This book is the story of the life of Nisa/5(67). Nisa is a classic in the field, written by Marjorie Shostak of her field work in the 60's and 70's on of!Kung people in Souther Africa through the narrations of one!Kung woman, Nisa.

The!Kung are significant in anthropology because they are one of the few peoples in the world that maintain a modern hunter-gatherer lifestyle (at least at the Reviews: 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. Additionally, each chapter of Nisa's life is prefaced with objective anthropological findings of typical!Kung behavior.

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