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Nisa is by a second wave feminist, Marjorie Shostak Raised in the secular humanistic tradition of JudaismHer personal philosophy combined insights from African cultures, her own Judaism, and other spiritual sources Diagnosed with breast cancer in April 1988, she resolved to return to the Kalahari to see Nisa once again, and did so in 1989 She recorded another series of interviews that form the basis of Nisa Revisited, a manuscript that Shostak had almost completed before her death. I don t read a lot of non fiction but I m glad that when I do it s as good as Nisa I read this for a cultural anthropology class so the addition of lectures with the book really gave me a further understanding and clearer perspective of what goes on in the book It was a very interesting glimpse at the hunting and gathering lifestyle in that it gives us, the readers, an idea of life before agriculture and shows us that really we are notsophisticated or better than our ancestors in a lot of fundamental ways, and further we are not any better than cultures like the Kung San The book is very well written, Shostak writes in a way that is clear, informative and smooth Nisa s narrative is vibrant and descriptive Together they balance each other out, Nisa s parts give a personal account that an anthropologist could never give and Shostak supplements this with information and observations she gathered in her studies the last part of the book offers a littlehistory and follow up that is just as interesting as the rest and in fact very important in fully comprehending the ethnography I do wish it there wasupdates about contemporary the Khoisan people and what has changed. This book was really interesting and an easy read I m fascinated by the Khoisan people I have been since I saw their rock carvings at Wildebeest Kuil and the rock paintings at Giant s Castle four years ago They really are quite sophisticated Last fall, I took a world civilization class and ended up doing my final paper on the San Finding sources and information was a pain This book never came up in my searches At Wildebeest Kuil, I watched some videos about the trance dance they talked about everything mentioned in this book about the dances, including the psychoactive root When I did my search for source material, I didn t find anything about that root I was upset that I couldn t find anything because it s a big part of the trance I couldn t just cite that one video I saw at Wildebeest Kuil , so I didn t include it Now I have a source, six months later.There were several things that I found interesting about the book and Kung life I found it interesting that the author only referred to the primary Kung god as God , in all of my research I ve only seen him as being called Kaggen I m curious as to why she didn t use his name I suppose that she didn t because she didn t want to offend Christian Americans Referring to him as God makes it easy to believe that it s the same god as the Christian God.I was rather disturbed by the sexual play among children It was kind of shocking As I got further in the book I realized that the Kung have a healthier view of sex and of themselves The Kung are a very sexual people They also seem to enjoy fighting, to a degree The violence was also shocking What fascinated me the most were the rituals surrounding marriage and first menstruation This is the first society I have come across that celebrates menstruation It s usually a taboo topic.The wedding ceremony sounds beautiful, though I don t really think marrying off child brides is a good thing Especially if the marriages are known to have a low chance of lasting I admire how Kung women give birth They are so brave to do it alone Their ability to give birth and then go back to their hut to rest for a few days before resuming their usual routines is beautiful and moving I can t imagine what it would be like to have a child nurse for years and having to carry that child wherever you went Kung culture is beautiful and rich I m glad I had the opportunity to learnabout it. Nisa is as enigmatic and charming as Marjorie Shostak suggests each chapter features an anthropological view of the Kung people, focusing on topics ranging from birth to marriage to aging and death, as well as a narrative from Nisa s point of view on the same topic By writing this way, Shostak crafted a generalization of Kung life that meshes beautifully with Nisa s personal experiences that sometimes match the generalization butoften than not depart from it, providing readers with a rich understanding of Nisa s life and Kung culture Though nonfiction, Nisa has a way with words interviews with her are accompanied with detail and dialogue that sound almost like fiction and draw readers in better than some novels can.The only thing I wished Shostak had formatted differently was her dialogue Normally, each person speaking would have their own paragraph, but Shostak often included multiple speakers dialogue, all within separate quotation marks, within the same paragraph and sometimes without dialogue tags This format is both unconventional and, at times, a bit confusing Other than that, though, Nisa offers an intimate, well written understanding of Kung life from a female gatherer s perspective. Nisa The Life and Words of a Kong WomanBy Marjorie ShostakThis book from 1981 is made up of interviews that the author had with a African tribal woman who was of people who were still involved with lives of hunter gathering I read it because I was curious about what life was like before agriculture, before work, and everything that came with all thatrecent development of humankind.They really didn t have a bad life The time put into hunting and gathering it minimal, not even every day The rest of life is living hanging out talking, singing, playing, and having sex A lot of what Nisa talks about with the author has to do with her sex love life The writer notes that she isn t sure that this isn t because they think that is what she is ultimately interested in, but comes to a conclusion that this is just what the people are interested in So they marry but also have lovers But the lovers are not supposed to be out in the open, there is a lot of sneaking around when the man is off hunting for a day or two There is also considerable violence with the men finding out and beating the women Yet the women hold some degree of power in the community They are the ones who provide most of the food The hunting, done mostly by the men was done with bow and arrows The shaft of the arrows treated with a poison which would aid in bringing down larger animals which could not be instantly killed by the arrows I was left with a feeling that there is a lot that is ideal, as in the Garden of Eden, about their lives with the food being there for the taking and construction of housing being constructed with just what is there It is a shame that they simply could not accept their polyamorous nature as a given and OK rather than the men occasionally freaking out about it and getting violent in all their pathetic insecurity These people in the late 1970s are not living in total isolation Civilization is encroaching and causing the corrupting changes that seem to go with is price There is some working for other people nearby and consumption of beer This is pretty sad in my opinion No one really needs beer although I understand that it can provide a brief cheap transcendenceMuch if what Nisa says is just reported and not further explained There is a certain amount of talk of god doing or causing this or that But we don t get to go into what exactly that means to her But then again what does it mean to anyone Is this a man king in the sky We also don t know where this god comes from Is it something long in the culture or a product of European or Arabic colonialism It is unclear how long these people have been involved with outsiders But the outsider corruption is in full swing by the time this anthropologist shows up with her Land Rover And she pays for the interviews The outsiders have also got the people hooked on tobacco Anyway, The is is the first hunter gatherer related book on anthropology that I have read It was all quite interesting There is a follow up book Maybe I ll look at that one some day. I really enjoyed this book because it highlights how the reader s understanding of anthropology may differ from the anthropologist s meaning Each chapter included a summary of a topic by the author, and then Nisa s recollections about that aspect of her life So when anthropologists say that the women are pretty equal and can choose who and when to marry, that gives you one idea Then you see that the pressure to marry is pretty overwhelming and ever present even though a Kung woman can live quite well as a spinster , and by the time you re up to your third no not him people stop caring what you think and tell you to just shut up and get married already The sad part is that although Nisa technically could have married any of a number of men, she wound up with the most persistent and aggressive one, who also shocking, shocking also turned out to be jealous, controlling, and abusive She eventually leaves him and he stalks her for years but doesn t dare take any action These are the details that really bring the society to life and show that while many things are different, people are people and the important things are the same Side point, this shows that even in a society where boys and girls are treated pretty equally for the first chunk of their lives and socialization is moderate at best, men and boys areaggressive and girls areeasily pushed around This starts quite early, with Nisa describing what sounds a lot like rape at the hand of the preschool set I found it interesting how much forced sex there was among children, and how Nisa nochalantly says that you get used to it and eventually learn to enjoy sex when you get older It makes me wonder if this sentiment is widely felt among Kung women or if she is especially resilient she is quite forceful , and how our social dynamic regarding sex affects our reaction to rape Speaking of rape, she also describes several cases of marital rape, even while the anthropologist says that girls aren t usually forced before they get their period, or while they have their period Yes, everyone thinks it s very bad that Nisa s daughter got killed by her husband accidentally for refusing sex, but ultimately, that is what happened, and the killer was barely punished The author briefly addresses these homocides, and notes that the level of violence is on par with or higher than the rate in the average American large city I m pointing this out because anthropologists also consider the Kung a peaceful society Although we consider our cities peaceful too, that s because urban violence tends to concentrate in specific areas Among the Kung, it would be diffuse, and therefore slightly higher on a personal level It s all relative, and it really helps to hear the first hand account with specific details However, the author does note that the level of beating in Nisa s accounts doesn t match what anthropologists witness, while living in the villages And there s a pitfall in that too After all, don t we all dramatize our stories in the retelling And violence is the easiest drama there is It s clear that Nisa is a dramatic ranconteur, which is what draws her and the author together So some of the details are probably best taken with a grain of salt, although which details and how much salt is impossible for the casual reader to know This is a bit rambly, but the upshot is that this was an interesting read, which really shed light on how to understandgeneral anthropological writings. Marjorie Shostak was an anthropologist studying the women of the Kung hunter gatherers on the edge of the Kalahari in the 1960 s and 1970 s.This book is the result of her interviews with one of those women, Nisa It is Nisa s life story as told to Marjorie in conversations that took place over a period of many years, left off, to be taken up again during Marjorie s next visit.What I liked best about this book is that the translation seemed to me to capture Nisa s voice and the rhythms of African oral storytelling tradition.It was also an interesting study, and sad to see how the way of life of the Kung, and all of the San people have changed so dramatically. Nisa is infuriating and endlessly fascinating because her life, spanning the 1950s 1970s, is completely alien to my own The subject of Shostak s anthropological study, Nisa s biography is a tale full of sadness and experience She outlives her children and goes through several husbands while also juggling a seemingly endless supply of lovers The simple life of the Kung tribe in Botswana is an eye into another reality, where most of our diseases and problems don t exist Instead, they hunt, eat, dance, sing make love, and wander from place to place as food or family beckon them Shostak s chapters open with context and then Nisa s story spellbinds us. I don t usually put books I have to read for school on here but this one is a great read for anyone interested in cultures of Africa Just finished this for one of my Anthropology courses and was astounded by Shostak s intimate portrayal of the Kung and Kung women in particular The book reveals Kung women s personal issues concerning transitioning from childhood into adulthood Issues such as trying to find and create an identity, to coping with marriage and the responsibility that it brings, to giving birth and raising children ,we see that Kung women maintain an enduring strength throughout it all Mostly about the life of Nisa, a Kung women, it is through her words that we are granted intimate access to a most beautiful way of life Breathtaking and sometimes tragic, women everywhere can relate as we see that the Kung women s struggles and triumphs are in fact our own struggles and triumphs. ^Download Ebook ⇙ Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman ⇔ 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