|Elenore Smith Bowen.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||320 / 1987|
"I also tried, and was finally able, to hold between my cupped hands, a strong, angry and ruffled rooster with seeming ease and without a pause in my flow of compliments." A pioneering female anthropologist, Laura Bohannan (1922-2002) lived among the Tiv tribe of Nigeria, but turning to fiction, she took the name Elenore Smith Bowen and penned this fascinating 1954 novel about her experiences. Bowen's narrator provides a vivid, moment by moment account of what it means to prepare for a long sojourn in Africa, then find yourself among a people who practice witchcraft and live according to a completely unfamiliar set of rules.
"The first introspective account ever published of what it's like to be a field worker among a primitive people."—Margaret Mead