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The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman

Marjorie Shostak

ISBN 9780674004320

Publication date: 11/14/2000

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Marjorie Shostak

This classic paperback is available once again—and exclusively—from Harvard University Press.
This book is the story of the life of Nisa, a member of the !Kung tribe of hunter-gatherers from southern Africa’s Kalahari desert. Told in her own words—earthy, emotional, vivid—to , a Harvard anthropologist who succeeded, with Nisa’s collaboration, in breaking through the immense barriers of language and culture, the story is a fascinating view of a remarkable woman.


  • When I reread Nisa, as I have done regularly in teaching over the years, I experience its originality, poignancy, and excitement afresh each time. Few books that were so influential in changing the look and feel of ethnography for entire generations of anthropologists have held up so well. It is a classic, with currency and continuing possibility.

    —George Marcus, Professor of Anthropology, Rice University


  • Marjorie Shostak was a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Emory University and an award-winning photographer.

Book Details

  • 384 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/8 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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