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Marjorie Shostak

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Marjorie Shostak, Chapter 11 ere ... men and women live together in a nonexploitative manner, displaying a striking degree of equality between the sexes. Sexuality Married !Kung often have lovers and consider sex a need. Women’s Lives Women marry, have children, and gather food for their family. Main Ideas The !Kung hunt and gather to live, and family groups move often. Hunter-Gatherer Life Marjorie Shostak American anthropologist and young bride; interviews !Kung women about their lives and forms a deep friendship with Nisa, her main subject Nisa !Kung wife and mother; describes her life history, husbands, children, and lovers to Shostak in a forthright, enthralling manner Tashay Deceased !Kung hunter, Nisa’s third husband, and father of Nisa’s children; remembered by Nisa with great sorrow and love Key Figures A strong supporter of feminism, Shostak traveled to Botswana three times to interview !Kung women about their lives. The resulting works, Nisa and Return to Nisa, have become classics in anthropology and women’s studies, touching on universal themes such as love, sex, motherhood, and aging. MARJORIE SHOSTAK1945–96 Author Elders know tribe history, survival skills, and the land’s natural resources. Elder Status Becoming mothers at 18, women are responsible for childcare and gathering food. Motherhood !Kung children spend most of their time playing and learning survival skills. Childhood Nisa, a typical woman from the nomadic !Kung tribe, survives in the Kalahari Desert by gathering wild foods and eating hunted game. She marries five times and has several children, all of whom die. In the process she grows from a helpless child into a determined mother and wise elder. Life for a Woman in the Kalahari Desert OVERVIEW Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Return to Nisa by Marjorie Shostak, Sun Sentinel Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Return to Nisa by Marjorie Shostak, Sun Sentinel Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. English Original Language 1981 Year Published Marjorie Shostak Author Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman Women’s Studies Nonfiction

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