The Other Side of Eden

The Other Side of Eden

Hunters, Farmers and the Shaping of the World

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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. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, c2000
ISBN: 9781550548068
1550548069
Branch Call Number: 306.349 BRO
Characteristics: x, 374 p. : map ; 24 cm

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Feb 17, 2013

While reading this book my opinion of it changed a few times because I found it a tad difficult to feel where the author was going with his thoughts. Nevertheless, I kept reading because I enjoyed the subject matter. In the end Broody was successful in bringing all his ideas together for an acceptable ending. I enjoy non-fiction like, but this book pushes the limit of this genre because it deals with a lot of theory and opinion albeit expert opinion at times was difficult to appreciate. Challenging and eye opening.

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Feb 17, 2013

Hugh Brody lives with and studies hunter-gatherer peoples of North-America and makes comparisons between theirs' and agrarian cultures and attempts to draw conclusions as to how society has developed as a result of these two societies divergences and common ground and to determine our society's future. Drawing on unique experiences with different peoples from groups and tribes right here in Canada Brody discusses his feelings and the history of these peoples. Brody has played an important role in Aboriginal Rights and in shaping governmental opinion and policy.

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Nov 10, 2012

"To move around with safety, to hunt with success, to make the land's resources available and nourishing, the hunter works with a mass of details and the names of many, many places. Nothing could be better, for there could be no alternative: to know this particular territory is to prosper; neither the land nor the knowledge of the land can be replaced. A territory is made perfect by knowledge. Inugu was revealing his profound conviction that this was his only imaginable home." (35)

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