New PDF release: The Samburu: A Study of Gerontocracy (Routledge Classic

By Paul Spencer

ISBN-10: 0415317258

ISBN-13: 9780415317252

Samburu society is a gerontocracy during which strength rests with the older males; males below thirty would possibly not marry or in a different way assert their own independence. This nomadic tribe from the arid areas of northern Kenya hold to their conventional lifestyle regardless of the fast swap all through Africa. the writer spent greater than years through the 1960's among the Samburu, and as an followed member of 1 of their clans, he perceived how their values and attitudes are heavily interwoven with a social approach that resists switch.

Show description

Read Online or Download The Samburu: A Study of Gerontocracy (Routledge Classic Ethnographies) PDF

Best native american studies books

Download e-book for kindle: Chiefs, Scribes, and Ethnographers: Kuna Culture from Inside by James Howe

The Kuna of Panama, at the present time the best recognized indigenous peoples of Latin the USA, moved over the process the 20th century from orality and isolation in the direction of literacy and an lively engagement with the state and the area. spotting the fascination their tradition has held for lots of outsiders, Kuna intellectuals and villagers have collaborated actively with overseas anthropologists to counter anti-Indian prejudice with confident bills in their humans, hence changing into the brokers in addition to matters of ethnography.

Blackfoot Grammar by Donald G. Frantz PDF

Millions of individuals in Alberta and Montana communicate Blackfoot, an Algonquian language. however the numbers are diminishing, and the survival of Blackfoot is in a few hazard. to aid shield the language whereas it's nonetheless in day-by-day use, Donald G. Frantz and Norma Jean Russell collaborated at the Blackfoot Dictionary, released in 1989 to frequent acclaim, and revised in a moment version in 1995.

Download e-book for kindle: The Franz Boas enigma : Inuit, Arctic, and sciences by Ludger Müller-Wille

Addressing, for the 1st time, the enigma of ways Franz Boas got here to be the principal founding father of anthropology and a driver within the attractiveness of technology as a part of societal lifestyles in North the US, this exploration breaks in the course of the linguistic and cultural limitations that experience avoided students from greedy the significance of Boas's own history and educational actions as a German Jew.

Get The Newspaper Warrior: Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins’s Campaign PDF

Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (Northern Paiute) has lengthy been famous as a major nineteenth-century American Indian activist and author. but her acclaimed performances and talking excursions around the usa, besides the copious newspaper articles that grew out of these excursions, were mostly missed and forgotten.

Extra resources for The Samburu: A Study of Gerontocracy (Routledge Classic Ethnographies)

Sample text

There were other Loisilale settlements further south. Masula phratry were present in considerable numbers, but they belonged to different clans which did not tend to associate as a group in this area, and there was no really evident local clan group. Another clan, Nyaparai were present in large numbers in an area about seven miles to the south-east of this map where they formed another local clan group. A local clan group is also transitory. When there is a migration, it does not necessarily stay together; though individual members who move off on their own will normally join their clan in some other local group.

The Clan and Marriage Stock friendships are most common between members of the same clan. Clansmen are drawn together by their reliance on one another, by their shared good fortune in times of plenty and their shared hardship in times of want. To be members of the same clan, however dispersed, is to have an identity of interests. Another aspect of this clan solidarity is the general exclusion of members of all other clans from its intimate affairs, and the mistrust, amounting at times to hostility, between clans.

In theory the Samburu are free to move as they please; in practice their freedom is limited to several choices. In so far as any broad pattern of nomadism is discernible for the tribe as a whole, it may be said that as the dry season advances, there is progressive migration towards those water points which have not yet dried up. And the settlements already around these points tend to move outwards in search of better grazing. With the onset of the rains there is a wider choice for nomadism and the population tends to disperse more evenly over the countryside.

Download PDF sample

The Samburu: A Study of Gerontocracy (Routledge Classic Ethnographies) by Paul Spencer

by Christopher

Rated 4.52 of 5 – based on 14 votes