Shostak, Marjorie, 1945-. Nisa: the life and words of a !Kung woman

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Title: Nisa: the life and words of a !Kung woman

Published By: Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1981. x, 402 p.: ill.

By line: Marjorie Shostak

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

Culture: San (FX10)

Subjects: LIFE HISTORY MATERIALS (159); SEXUALITY (831); SEX TRAINING (864); EXTRAMARITAL SEX RELATIONS (837); MENSTRUATION (841); CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES (857); FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS (593); SEXUAL INTERCOURSE (833); BASIS OF MARRIAGE (581); INGROUP ANTAGONISMS (578); POLYGAMY (595); REGULATION OF MARRIAGE (582);

Abstract: Through the eyes of a Dobe area !Kung woman in her 50s, the author paints a portrait of !Kung life cycle and sexuality. The book is nearly all told in the first person, by Nisa (pseudonym), with a short topical summary at the beginning of each chapter. Although the author often questions Nisa's veracity, she always comes to a positive conclusion. This is a valuable source with additional anecdotal material on gathering, ceremony, and healing.

Document Number: 26

Document ID: fx10-026

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Guasha is a !Kung camp in the Dobe area, where Nisa lived. Her life story no doubt includes places in the surounding area, as well. Shostak interviewed Nisa when she was around fifty years old, placing her birth around 1921.

Field Date: 1969-1971

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: R. A. Wagner ; 1989

Coverage Date: 1921-1971

Coverage Place: Dobe area, northwest Botswana

LCSH: San (African people)

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