!Kung and Nisa Essay

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The book, “Nisa The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman,” written by Marjorie Shostak is a culturally shocking and touching book about a woman who had gone through many struggles and horrific tragedies in her life. This book also highlights the perspective of most of the women in the society. There are many issues in this book that the people of the !Kung tribe goes through. Out of all the women in the tribe Shostak had made close connections with a fifty-year-old woman named Nisa. According to Shostak, “None of the women had experiences as much tragedy as Nisa…” (Shostak, 1981, p. 351). The book is written in Nisa’s point of view of her life experiences while growing up in that type of society. Women, although still equal to men have…show more content…
Some game are more common than others in certain times of the year. When game is brought into the village, every part of the animal is used: hides for blankets, bones for marrow and tools. These items can be used as gifts to distribute throughout the community. The !Kung community is based on gift-giving even though there is no importance on material pileup, with gifts being exchanged even years after the fact. As the o receivers of gifts, the women are in charge of caring for the items as well as maintaining them. In their culture, a large focus is also placed on reciprocity and sharing of resources. Since game is uncommon and sometimes hunters must travel great distances to find food. Within the village, any meat brought in by a successful hunter is shared fairly throughout the group. Females of the !Kung tribe go through marriage at a young age. Marriage is a sacred thing that starts when the females are very young. If a female gets married at a very young age, they would be with an older man. This is more like a “trial” marriage. It’s called a “trial” marriage because the females of the tribe get married more than once. If they do not like the person they are with at that time, they can divorce them. Nisa speaks of her many marriages and how they worked out and why they turned out that way. Nisa was married for the first time at a very young age. She had not even gone through menstruation yet. This is shocking because
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