Elizabeth Marshall Thomas journal
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Extent.2 linear feet (1 folders)
In 1955, the Marshall family's expedition included spending a month with /Gwi in Botswana, in addition to the Ju/’hoansi at Nyae Nyae in Namibia. The entries concern Thomas's observations about the people she encountered, their practices, and the natural surroundings, including plants, animals, and weather. She discusses food preparation and customs, dancing and musical instruments, and their interactions with each other and with her family. She also discusses her feelings about the nature of anthropological study and about her homesickness.
Upon her return to America, she attended Radcliffe College and married Stephen Thomas. She had two children, and went on to write several works of fiction and nonfiction. Her first book, 1959's The Harmless People, was about her experience with the Ju/'hoansi. She continued her writing and ethnographic research, spending a year in Uganda and writing Warrior Herdsman: The Story of the Dodoth Tribesmen of Northern Uganda (1965). Reindeer Moon (1987) and The Animal Wife (1990) are fiction about the Paleolithic Era, and she has also written The Hidden Life of Dogs (1993), The Tribe of the Tiger: Cats and their Culture (1994), and The Social Lives of Dogs: The Grace of Canine Company (2000).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers are a gift of Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
- Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall. Journal of Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, 1955 : A Finding Aid
- Peabody Museum Archives
- EAD ID
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