‘Christmas in the Kalahari’ Review
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“Eating Christmas in the Kalahari” by Richard Borshay Lee.
• Include title and author of article
• Thesis Statement (Whether or not you recommend the article).
• Primary subject/content of the article.
• Did the author follow anthropological theory and methods in his/her article?
• What was not an anthropological theory that was in the article?
• What did you not agree with this article on the anthropological theory?
• Would you recommend this book to others? Why or why no Article Study: “Eating Christmas in the Kalahari”
• Author: Richard Borsay Lee
• Title: “Eating Christmas in the Kalahari”
• Year: 1969
• Particulars: from The Journal of the American Museum of Natural History, Vol. 78, No. 10, December Issue
• URL: http://www3.gettysburg.edu/~dperry/Class%20Readings%20Scanned%20Documents/Intro/lee_eating_christmas_kalahari_14_eoa.pdf
The article is an ethnographer retelling of the experience of Lee of the !Kung Bushmen, a particular tribe native to the Kalahari who call Namibia, Botswana and Angola their homes. Lee shares that having worked with the tribe, studying their customs for years, he wanted to show his appreciation for them one Christmas by purchasing for them (and going through trouble to acquire it) a fat ox to feast on. Upon receipt, the tribesmen mocked his gift, calling it thin and sickly. For Lee, it felt like an insult and wondered why they behaved that way. He concludes and proposes that being a society that does encourages pride to make everybody feel equal, they mocked his gift in a bid to not feel inferior to his wealth in comparison to theirs, a way of taking Lee down a peg or …
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