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

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

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

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Marjorie Shostak

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

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. San (FX10)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF 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: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 26

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fx10-026

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in 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: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1969-1971

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. R. A. Wagner ; 1989

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1921-1971

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Dobe area, northwest Botswana

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings San (African people)

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