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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User Review  - Polaris- - LibraryThing

Some great passages in here on the different hunter-gather communities Brody has spent time living and working with. Unfortunately, for me, too often it gets rather bogged down in the intricacies of ... Read full review

THE OTHER SIDE OF EDEN: Hunters, Farmers, and the Shaping of the World

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The shift from hunting to farming is a major watershed in human history. Here, an anthropologist describes the worldview of surviving hunting cultures.Brody (Living Arctic, not reviewed) has lived in ... 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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