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The Language of the Land: Living Among a Stone-Age People in Africa

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At the age of twenty-two, James Stephenson arranged to spend a year living among the Hadzabe, the last hunters and gatherers still living a traditional life in Africa. He wanted to live their life, hunting what they hunted, eating what they ate, participating in their dances and ceremonies, consulting with their medicine men, and learning their myths and dreams.

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 12th 2001 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2001)
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DO
May 03, 2015 DO rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite accounts of Africa, this is a book to re-read every year. Fortunately, teaching part of the book in a college setting encourages me to set aside time to re-encounter James Stephenson's hunting with the Hadzabe (now easily available in the Kindle version). A painterly eye for details, a cast of fully-drawn people, and encounters with a life as far from the writer's NYC as I can imagine beckon to us from the earliest pages. Perhaps the single most potent chapter for me is "The M ...more
Adam Uzelac
For those of you from Michigan - the author of this book is James "Jimmy" Stephenson, who was a classmate of mine at Detroit Country Day. Quite an amazing adventure. If you know Jimmy, pick this book.
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loved this book-makes our modern lives seem even more silly than i already knew they are
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