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Christian Nguyen Professor Gonzales Anthro 10314 May 2019 Nisa Paper The book “Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman” written by Marjorie Shostak, is about a woman name Nisa that goes through difficulties in her culture, the !Kung. Marjorie Shostak is an anthropologist and during her field work interviewing the !Kung, she came across a very interesting woman named Nisa. She had the most intriguing stories as her interview answers were what Shostak was looking for. Nisa went through many tragedies because of the lifestyle that the !Kungs choose to live traditionally. A little bit about the culture she grew up in, the !Kungs are hunters and gatherers, they are semi-nomadic that move from camps to camps. They forage wild plants and hunt wild animals. This can be seen throughout many different types of culture as it is one of the most sustainable ancient ways that our ancestors lived. The way Nisa has lived among the !Kung has shaped her to be who she is now, both with similaritiesand differences to modern society. The three main aspects that shaped Nisa life due to the !Kung culture are marriage, childhood, deaths, and pregnancy.Marriage in the !Kung is very different in most aspects compared to Vietnam or the U.S. Firstly, their first marriage is always arranged, you can have multiple spouses such as co-husband or co-wife, and the females get married at a very young age, even before menstruation. “You’re only a child, Nisa, and adults are the ones responsible for arranging your marriage. But when an adult gives a husband and that husband makes love to someone else, then that adult hasn’t done well.”(Shostak: 123). Even though Nisa parents arranged the marriage between Nisa and Bo, Bo was sleeping with Nukha thus ended the marriage between them. When marriages are arranged, there is a chance that there is no love between the couple.In this case, Nukha and Bo were sleeping together because Bo didn’t love Nisa.
My grandparents marriage were arranged, such as the !Kungs first marriage is always arranged. But since Nisa got married at a young age, she was often afraid and kept running back home. My grandparents weren’t the same way, they lived a normal marriage. But my mother was a different story. When my mother came to the U.S she hardly had anything, then she met my father. They married when my mom was only 20, and my father being 24. My