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  • Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman; Shostak, Marjorie

Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman

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A story full of echoes from a female past that we can never know directly. In anyone`s culture, Nisa is a remarkable woman.

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Married at 12, then separated, divorced and widowed, Nisa is the mother of four children, none of whom survived. She is strong, capable of foraging on her own in one of the world`s most hostile environments, not dependent on any man for her daily sustenance, and ready to talk to anyone as an equal. Wise, full of humour at the absurdities of life and courageous in the face of its defeats, she is bawdy, practical and incurably romantic. She is a woman of the !Kung people who live in the Kalahari Desert by means of humanity`s oldest survival strategy - gathering and hunting. 
 
This book is the remarkable story of Nisa`s life, told in her own words, to Marjorie Shostak. It is a story full of echoes from a female past that we can never know directly. But it is also Nisa`s unique story, her own voice, her own dignity. In anyone`s culture, she is a remarkable woman.
 
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`I found Nisa fascinating. What especially struck me is the extraordinary harmony of body, emotion and mind in Nisa and the !Kung generally. Marjorie Shostak is to be commended for the skill, patience and dedication she brought to her research among the !Kung, and to her book` Marilyn French 
 
`A survivor`s story, witty, bawdy, contemporary`  The Good Book Guide
 
Contents:
 
Earliest memories • family life • life in the bush • discovering sex • trial marriages • marriage • wives and co-wives • first birth • motherhood and loss • change • women and men • taking lovers • a healing ritual • further losses • growing older.

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Author Shostak, Marjorie
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