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 thr...more
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 ...more
Nisa is a very down to earth book. It is one of the few good hunter-gatherer books out there and this is very different as this one is about life, feelings and how they themselves see the social world. Interviews instead of observations, very interesting stuff for me. This is about a woman obsessed by sex and men and always talking about it. As a man finding out what makes women tick is only possible for me thru books like this one where the " ...more
This book is incredibly interesting. I had never heard of the !Kung peoples before reading this book, so everything in this book was new information to me. The life that Nisa lived was incredibly fascinating, I found myself marveling at the people and what was normal for their culture throughout the book. Some of the things that Nisa, ...more
Reading this book leaves you with a profound feeling of connection to the entire human rac ...more
Shostak, an anthropologist, spent a great deal of time interviewing "Nisa," a !Kung woman who confided in her about many intimate details of her life. From husbands to lovers to children dying, the book shows Nisa's raw emotion and reads a bit like a !Kung soap opera. If ever a people had a good sense of humor about sex, it would be th ...more
I thought it was interesting that though Nisa and her husband had this idea of marriage involving one man and wife, they both had lovers and yet were jealous of these lovers. In several other instances when Nisa was younger and stole food or fought with he ...more
I won't go into too deep a review, but basically the book begins each chapter with a summary by the author, and then the main part of that chapter is the narrative of these peoples' lives told through the !Kung woman, Nisa. It's an incredibly interesting read, and I don't know a lot about hunter gatherer tribes so t ...more
I'm not that far into it...but here's the description.
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 o ...more
Some may be offended by the many tales of adultery, but most of those people wo ...more
Only one minus that sometimes to much information were repeated and those parts boring to read. Nerveless, I want to read ...more
Gives you a different perspective of how other cultures live, how they are influenced by modern times and how strong a culture truly is.
If you've ever seen "The Gods Must Be Crazy", the people in the movie, the !Kung, are the people this book is based on.