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The Hambukushu Rainmakers of the Okavango

Larson, Thomas

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ISBN 10: 0595184561 / ISBN 13: 9780595184569
Published by Iuniverse, 2001
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This book is in good condition; no remainder marks. The book has some shelfwear. Slight spine tilt from use. Some highlighted passages in the Preface only. ; 9.02 X 6.12 X 1.33 inches; 524 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 042216-665-288f

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Title: The Hambukushu Rainmakers of the Okavango

Publisher: Iuniverse

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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In light of the terrible AIDS tragedy unfolding in southern Africa, onegets an enormous sense of sadness and loss when reading The HambukushuRainmakers of the Okavango. Tom J. Larson was one of the lastanthropologists to experience and record their ancient culture before itwas so radically impacted by modernization and the ravages of the AIDSepidemic. Over the course of many years, he earned the trust of theHambukushu and was allowed the kind of access needed to painstakinglyrecord the minutiae of every aspect of their daily lives. What emergedis a portrait of a complex, distinctive African culture defined by theabundance of their homeland, the vast and wild Okavango River delta, andby the powerful Rainmaker chiefs who controlled the very fabric of theirexistence. To read Larson's extraordinary book is to understand how thebelief systems that worked so well for them for centuries wreak suchhavoc on them today.

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The author made eight expeditions to Ngamiland of the Okavango between 1950 and 1994 to study the culture of the Hambukushu people of Botswana. Professor Larson is a cultural and social anthropologist with degrees from University of California, Berkley, BA, American University, MA, University of Oxford, M Litt, and University of Virginia, PhD. Member of the Explorers Club since 1952.

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