Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall, 1931-. The harmless people

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Title: The harmless people

Published By: New York: Knopf, 1959. xiii, 267 p.: ill., maps

By line: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2005. Computer File

Culture: San (FX10)

Subjects: (123); (136); (137); (159); (222); (224); (271); (533); (535); (539); (578); (593); (609); (648); (731);

Abstract: This source is a popular account of an expedition to the Kalahari Desert in 1955. It concentrates on the life of two groups of San, the Gikwe and the Kung. The author gives a general description of the culture of these slightly differing groups, the Gikwe living in a more arid environment than the Kung, concentrating on the food quest which is the main interest of these marginal people. The book concentrates on the personal relationships between the author and the various members of the families and bands, singling out individuals for fairly detailed description. In this way, the reader gets a good idea of the normal daily round of the people, although little detail is given about various aspects of the culture, particularly in the areas of social organization and material culture. For such detailed studies, the researcher should see other sources in this file, such as 1: Marshall and 5: Marshall.

Document Number: 9

Document ID: fx10-009

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1951-1955

Evaluation: Traveler-5

Analyst: Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1961

Coverage Date: ca. 1950s

Coverage Place: Namibia, Botswana

LCSH: San (African people)


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