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The harmless people

Author: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1989.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Rev. ed., 2nd Vintage books edView all editions and formats
Summary:
A study of primitive people which, for beauty of ... style and concept, would be hard to match."--The New York Times Book Review In the 1950s Elizabeth Marshall Thomas became one of the first Westerners to live with the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert in Botswana and South-West Africa. Her account of these nomadic hunter-gatherers, whose way of life had remained unchanged for thousands of years, is a ground-breaking  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall, 1931-
Harmless people.
New York : Vintage Books, 1989
(DLC) 89040157
(OCoLC)19629897
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
ISBN: 9780307772954 0307772950
OCLC Number: 852401307
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: 1. The desert --
2. The road --
3. The bushmen --
4. The fire --
5. Gai and Ukwane --
6. Veld food --
7. Mood songs --
8. The dancers --
9. Peoples of the veld and sky --
10. Beautiful Ungka and Lazy Kwi --
11. Toma the leader --
12. The grove --
13. Short Kwi the hunter --
14. The sun dance --
15. The medicine bees --
Epilogue. The bushmen in 1989.
Responsibility: by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas.
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Abstract:

A study of primitive people which, for beauty of ... style and concept, would be hard to match."--The New York Times Book Review In the 1950s Elizabeth Marshall Thomas became one of the first Westerners to live with the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert in Botswana and South-West Africa. Her account of these nomadic hunter-gatherers, whose way of life had remained unchanged for thousands of years, is a ground-breaking work of anthropology, remarkable not only for its scholarship but for its novelistic grasp of character. On the basis of field trips in the 1980s, Thomas has now updated her book to show what happened to the Bushmen as the tide of industrial civilization -- with its flotsam of property rights, wage labor, and alcohol -- swept over them. The result is a powerful, elegiac look at an endangered culture as well as a provocative critique of our own. "The charm of this book is that the author can so truly convey the strangeness of the desert life in which we perceive human traits as familiar as our own ... The Harmless People is a model of exposition: the style very simple and precise, perfectly suited to the neat, even fastidious activities of a people who must make their world out of next to nothing."--The Atlantic From the Trade Paperback edition.

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