The Pygmies Were Our Compass

The Pygmies Were Our Compass Covering than years this important region s history this book is a groundbreaking contribution to the knowledge of pre colonial Africa It is the first historical work to reconstruct a Batwa or

  • Title: The Pygmies Were Our Compass
  • Author: Kairn A. Klieman
  • ISBN: 9780325071053
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • Covering than 2,000 years this important region s history, this book is a groundbreaking contribution to the knowledge of pre colonial Africa It is the first historical work to reconstruct a Batwa or Pygmy past, thereby questioning Western epistemologies that have long portrayed the Batwa as a quintessential people without history.

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    1. The linguistic work is fascinating (but far beyond my capabilities to fully comprehend/critique), and the theoretical innovations are novel: the Pygmy paradigm, her analysis of the first-comer and frontier thesis vis-a-vis Bantu/Batwa relations, and her positing the Batwa as "forest specialists" as opposed to hunter/gatherers. So far outside of my field both chronologically and temporally that it's difficult for me to comment beyond that.

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