The Other Side of Eden: Hunters, Farmers, and the Shaping of the World

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Macmillan, Apr 30, 2002 - Social Science - 384 pages
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Hugh Brody crystallizes three decades of studying, learning from, crusading for, and thinking about hunter-gatherers in this profound and provocative book. Contrary to stereotype, he says, it is the farmers and their colonizing descendants—ourselves—who are the true nomads, doomed to the geographical and spiritual restlessness embodied in the story of Genesis. By contrast, the hunters have a deep attachment to the place and ways of their ancestors that stems from an enviable sense, distinctively expressed in thought, word, and act, of being part of the fabric of the natural and spiritual worlds.
  

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Review: The Other Side of Eden: Hunters, Farmers, and the Shaping of the World

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The danger in writing about hunter gatherers is to project upon them all that farming and ownership-based societies are not. Egalitarianism, environmentalism, etc. are Western preoccupations and too ... Read full review

Review: The Other Side of Eden: Hunters, Farmers, and the Shaping of the World

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A fascinating and satisfyingly-detailed argument that occasionally gets a bit too sentimental. Still, I think it deserves a wider audience. Read full review

Contents

Opening
3
One Inuktitut
9
Two Creation
63
Three Time
99
Four Words
159
Five Gods
211
Six Mind
259
Notes
301
Bibliography
351
Acknowledgments
361
Index
363
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Hugh Brody is an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker who has worked and traveled extensively among indigenous peoples. He is the author of several previous books.

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