The Place of Stunted Ironwood Trees: A Year in the Lives of the Cattle-herding Himba of Namibia

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Continuum, 2000 - Social Science - 269 pages
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This is an intimate account of the lives of a small group of cattle herders, the Himba, who live in and around the settlement of Otutati in northwestern Namibia. The narrative chronicles the events of a single year, though within tat year are found the events of a lifetime: birth, maturation, aging, death, generosity, meanness, accomplishment and failure.Through subtle yet vivid description, the author draws the reader into a human world that appears so utterly different. However, as the leading characters' lives and perosnal qualities, their joys, hopes and anxieties unfold, the exoticism of their world fades and the experience of life rings strangely familiar. Indeed, the narrative's power lies in its finely woven depiction of the great commonality of human life and the human condition in the midst of a peculiar and foreign world. If this is an admission anthropologists are traditionally loathe to make, yet it is so; and the reader is left with a beautiful and compelling portrait of a world and a people in which the familiar and the strange freely mix and mingle.>

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Review: Place of Stunted Ironwood Trees: A Year in the Life of the Cattle-Herding Himba of Namibia

User Review  - Kierstin - Goodreads

My professor of anthropology at BYU wrote this firsthand documentary of the Himba people of southern Africa. A very intriguing field study, but fairly monotonous because it requires your complete concentration when reading. Read full review

Review: Place of Stunted Ironwood Trees: A Year in the Life of the Cattle-Herding Himba of Namibia

User Review  - Robert Boody - Goodreads

This is one of the more profound books i have read in the last year. Because of this book i was able to reconcile a lot of ideas i had about the nature of reality. Read full review

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David P. Crandall is an Oxford Univeristy trained anthropologist who has lived and worked extensively among the Himba and explored the varied cultural and natural landscapes of southwestern Africa. He teaches in the Department of Anthropology at Brigham Young Univeristy.

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