"The Forest People" Book Review by Writing Specialists

"The Forest People"
The paper looks at Colin Turnbull's book, "The Forest People," about the three years he spent living among the Pygmies, or BaMbuti.
# 92122 | 890 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 13, 2007 in Anthropology (Cultural) , English (Analysis)

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The paper discusses Turnbull's book "The Forest People" and describes the culture of the BaMbuti. The paper relates that although the BaMbuti lived in a very remote area of Congo's rain forest, by the time Turnbull arrived for a long stay, modern culture had already begun to affect their way of life. The paper explains that the push to settle the BaMbuti in villages as farmers shook their culture to its core, but they managed to preserve their way of life. The paper concludes that the BaMbuti culture survived because it knew to accept what was good and useful, such as crutches for someone with a bad leg and to quietly reject the rest.

From the Paper:

"Throughout the book, Turnbull describes a trait of the BaMbuti that may have helped them preserve their way of life as well as they had. Although they interacted with other cultures, in particular other non-BaMbuti tribes in the area, they affected the other culture's customs in that other tribe's presence so long as it did not make any important difference to them. But when the issue was an important one, they chose their own customs. Turnbull gives an example of this on p. 43 when telling about a child's death."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Turnbull, Colin M. The Forest People. New York, Simon & Schuster, 1961.

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