Nisa the life and words of a kung woman is a memoir by nisa and marjorie shosta that was first published in 1981. Nisa the life and words of a kung woman marjorie shostak 43 out of 5 stars 67 unknown binding 6272 in search of respect selling crack in el barrio structural analysis in the social sciences philippe bourgois 43 out of 5 stars 75 paperback 1740. Shostak an anthropologist spent a great deal of time interviewing nisa a kung woman who confided in her about many intimate details of her life from husbands to lovers to children dying the book shows nisas raw emotion and reads a bit like a kung soap opera. Early in their marriage nisa experiences her first menstruation and the women of the village enclose her in a hut and perform the ritual ceremonies that accompany that momentous event in a kung womans life. Told in her own words earthy emotional vivid to marjorie shostak a harvard anthropologist who succeeded with nisas collaboration in breaking through the immense barriers of language and culture the story is a fascinating view of a remarkable woman
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