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Children Of The Forest

Author : Kevin Duffy
ISBN : 9781478608585
Genre : Social Science
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This intimate study portrays the hunter-gatherer Mbuti pygmies of Zaire. Kevin Duffy describes how these forest nomads, who are as adapted to the forest as its wildlife, gratefully acknowledge their beloved home as the source of everything they need: food, clothing, shelter, and affection. Looking on the forest in deified terms, they sing and pray to it and call themselves its children. With his patience and knowledge of their ways, Duffy was accepted by these, the worlds smallest people, and invited to participate in the cycle of their lives from birth to death.

The Forest People

Author : Colin Turnbull
ISBN : 9781473524170
Genre : Social Science
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The Forest People is an astonishingly intimate and life-enhancing account of a hunter-gatherer tribe living in harmony with nature -- and an all-time classic of anthropology. For three years, Colin Turnbull lived with an isolated group of Pygmies deep in the forest of the African Congo, experiencing their daily life first-hand. He attended their hunting parties and initiation ceremonies, witnessed their music and their rituals, observed their quarrels and love affairs. He documented them as an anthropologist but was accepted among them as a friend. A ground-breaking work in its time, The Forest People made him one of the most famous intellectuals of the 1960s and 1970s. It remains a transporting account of an earthly paradise and of a legendary and fascinating people. With a new foreword by Horatio Clare.

The Forest People Without A Forest

Author : Glory M. Lueong
ISBN : 9781785333811
Genre : Social Science
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Development interventions often generate contradictions around questions of who benefits from development and which communities are targeted for intervention. This book examines how the Baka, who live in Eastern Cameroon, assert forms of belonging in order to participate in development interventions, and how community life is shaped and reshaped through these interventions. Often referred to as 'forest people', the Baka have witnessed many recent development interventions that include competing and contradictory policies such as 'civilize', assimilate and integrate the Baka into 'full citizenship', conserve the forest and wildlife resources, and preserve indigenous cultures at the verge of extinction.


Author : Sean Rorison
ISBN : 1841622338
Genre : Travel
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The first full guidebook on both Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the People's Republic of Congo (PRC) in well over a decade, the Bradt guide provides full coverage of the major cities and national parks of the two countries.The Congos encompass Africa's largest area of intact rainforest. Two eastern national parks, both World Heritage Sites, protect not only the mountain gorilla but the critically endangered eastern lowland gorilla as well. One of the last bastions in Africa for the seriously adventurous traveller, the Congos are open to serious travellers. The Bradt guide tells you how to travel both adventurously and safely.

Wild Cultures

Author : Christophe Boesch
ISBN : 9781107025370
Genre : Science
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A journey into the lives of chimpanzees, revealing the many parallels and differences between us.

Civilizations Of Africa

Author : Charles River Charles River Editors
ISBN : 1986129837
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*Explains the origins, history, religion, and social structure of the Mbuti *Includes ancient descriptions of pygmies and theories about their evolution. *Includes a Bibliography for further reading. "[T]heir eyes had an untameable wildness about them that struck me as very remarkable." - French-American explorer Paul du Chaillu, 1867 The indigenous Africans known as pygmies have interested outsiders for thousands of years. In the 2200s B.C., the Egyptian Pharaoh Pepi II referred to one as a "dancing dwarf of the god from the land of spirits," and the Ancient Greeks were also familiar with them. Homer makes mention of pygmies in The Iliad, and Herodotus recounted the experiences of a Persian explorer who encountered "dwarfish people, who used clothing made from the palm tree" on the western coast of Africa. In fact, the term pygmy comes from the Greek word for "dwarfish." Not surprisingly, foreigners' interest in pygmies has never waned. When medieval Europeans first traveled to Africa and parts of Asia, many of them were stunned when they encountered people who were considerably smaller than the average height. Perhaps the most famous account comes from the legendary Marco Polo, who was so confused about the people known as pygmies that he refused to believe they were actually human. In his famous account, Marco Polo wrote about seeing some of them in Indonesia, "I may tell you moreover that when people bring home pygmies which they allege to come from India, 'tis all a lie and a cheat...for nowhere in India nor anywhere else in the world were there ever men seen so small as these pretended pygmies." Marco Polo believed that the pygmies were actually monkeys that people manipulated and shaved to resemble smaller people. Today, of course, anthropologists know a lot more about the pygmies, a collective of indigenous groups in Africa who are still defined by the fact that they have an average height of less than 5 feet tall. But while their short height and their apparent evolutionary differences make for a source of fascination in modern times, their very visible physical differences made it that much easier for foreigners to justify military conquest. Scholars believe that prior to European invasion, the pygmies occupied a significant swath of land across and numbered in the hundreds of thousands. Ultimately, however, external forces have resulted in the groups dwindling in numbers and being dispossessed of much of their traditional homelands. In the 21st century, the Mbuti, one of the prominent groups of pygmy peoples, and who once numbered about 150,000, now number about 40,000 and are centralized primarily in the Ituri Forest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), a tropical rainforest covering less than 25,000 square miles. Civilizations of Africa: The History and Culture of the Mbuti (Pygmy) comprehensively covers the history and culture of the people, from their origins to the present time. Along with pictures and a bibliography, you will learn about the Mbuti like you never have before, in no time at all.

African Market Women

Author : Gracia Clark
ISBN : 9780253221544
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In these lively life stories, women market traders from Ghana comment on changing social and economic times and on reasons for their prosperity or decline in fortunes. Gracia Clark shows that market women are intimately connected with economic policy on a global scale. Many work at the intersection of sophisticated networks of transnational commerce and migration. They have dramatic memories of independence and the growth of their new nation, including political rivalries, price controls, and violent raids on the market. The experiences of these women give substance to their reflections on globalization, capital accumulation, colonialism, technological change, environmental degradation, teenage pregnancy, marriage, children, changing gender roles, and spirituality. Clark's commentary illuminates the complex historical and cultural setting of these deeply revealing lives.


Author : James I. Clark
ISBN : 0812357752
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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A Precious Liquid

Author : Michael C. Ennis-McMillan
ISBN : IND:30000102997644
Genre : Nature
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The text provides an ethnographic analysis of the social and cultural aspects of installing and managing a piped drinking water system in La Purificacion Tepetitla, a community located in the densely populated and semiarid region of the Valley of Mexico. The account shows how politics and culture shape community initiatives to develop adequate and equitable drinking water supplies in the Valley of Mexico's changing ecology. The research is based on 22 months of ethnographic fieldwork, carried out from 1993 to 2000. The book applies the culture concept to drinking water issues and furthers students' understanding of human diversity in terms of economics, ecological adaptation, politics, kinship, gender, ethnicity, health beliefs and practices, and religion and ritual.

Mbuti Design

Author : Georges Meurant
ISBN : 0500974306
Genre : Art
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