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The healing land : the bushmen and the Kalahari desert

Author: Rupert Isaacson
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"Although brought up in "grey, drearily ordinary" London, Rupert Isaacson's links to Africa were strong. Polly, his mother, was a South African and his father was raised in what is now Zimbabwe. Polly kept her memories of Africa alive and handed them on to her children via remembrances to her early life there. Thus, from an early age, Isaacson was fascinated: "Long before I ever went to southern Africa, its names  Read more...
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Named Person: Rupert Isaacson; Rupert Isaacson; Rupert Isaacson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rupert Isaacson
ISBN: 0802117392 9780802117397 0802140513 9780802140517
OCLC Number: 50314830
Description: xiv, 278 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: pt. 1: Ancestral voices: Stories and myths --
Lessons in reality --
Under the big tree. pt. 2: The mantis, the mouse and the bird: Regopstaan's prophecy --
A human zoo --
Old magic, new beliefs --
Trance dance at Buitsevango --
Into the central Kalahari. pt. 3: The good little donkeys: Revelations at the red house --
The same blood --
Dream and disillusion --
The leopard man --
Dawid makes a request --
Bushman politics --
Off to see a wizard --
The river of spirits --
What happened after.
Other Titles: Bushmen and the Kalahari desert
Responsibility: Rupert Isaacson.

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"Although brought up in "grey, drearily ordinary" London, Rupert Isaacson's links to Africa were strong. Polly, his mother, was a South African and his father was raised in what is now Zimbabwe. Polly kept her memories of Africa alive and handed them on to her children via remembrances to her early life there. Thus, from an early age, Isaacson was fascinated: "Long before I ever went to southern Africa, its names and regions had been described to me so many times that I could picture them in my mind's eye."" "After growing up with these tales and myths - mostly of the Kalahari Bushmen - Isaacson journeys to the dry vast grassland, which stretches across South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia, to discover the truth behind these childhood stories. Deep in the Kalahari, Isaacson meets the last group of Bushmen still living the traditional way, caught between their ancient culture and the growing need to protect and reclaim their dwindling hunting grounds. Dawid Kruiper, leader of these Xhomani Bushmen, allows Isaacson to observe their daily life, and he begins to understand the extent of their disenfranchisement. They have not only decreased in number, but have been literally reduced to beggars, having lost their land and their means of subsistence, and with that their identity as a people has been profoundly threatened." "The Healing Land records Isaacson's personal transformation amid these extraordinary people and his passionate contribution to their political struggle. It captures his enchantment with the character, kindness, and confusion of a place that has wrenched itself from the Stone Age into the new millennium."--Jacket.

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