Analysis Of The Poem ' Nis The Life And Words Of A ! Kung Woman

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Marjorie Shostak’s ethnography, Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman, is a collection of memories and life events recounted by a !Kung woman named Nisa in the early 1970s, and translated to English by Shostak, and published along with Shostak’s own observations and research on !Kung society and culture. Shostak wished to study the !Kung women, and understand their lives and perspective on their culture and society. When her key cultural consultant, Nisa was growing up, the !Kung bushmen of Dobe area of Botswana were foragers who practiced hunting and gathering, a way of life that allows for plentiful leisure time, peace, and relatively equal treatment of people within the society. Women in !Kung society enjoyed some the benefits of this relative equality, until things began to change. Over time, other tribes in Botswana, like the Tswana and the Herero, had begun to settle and become sedentary in response to the development of Botswana and the world around them. When the other bush tribes changed their lifestyle, the !Kung lost their food sources and were forced to change their way of life as well. When some of the !Kung began to work for the Tswana and Herero tribes, to rely on their resources, and to adhere to their political leaders and structure, this led to decreased equality of the !Kung people, especially the women. When Nisa was growing up, she and the other !Kung women enjoyed the relatively high status typical of women in hunter-gatherer societies. Unlike in…

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