- File Size: 981 KB
- Print Length: 169 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Jim Stallings; 1 edition (December 2, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 2, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H2YOQRK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,339,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
NKore's Journey Kindle Edition
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This is a creative work of anthropologically informed fiction. Unless you are a scientist, what first comes to mind when you first think about – quickly – our human ancestors? For a lot of people, that would be cartoons, set in the wrong time and place. There is nothing wrong with cartoons, as long as they are recognized as such. But, I point that out to draw a distinction between that and what this creative work is.
This is also not a work of scientific anthropology. Anthropologists dealing with the science of our human ancestors have to work with bones, teeth, dietary remains, tool remains, and fairly recently, genetic studies (very exciting). To try to “flesh out” lives, analogies might be made with known cultures, for example hunter-gatherer groups when appropriate. New finds, new scientific technologies, and new interpretations have certainly produced a much richer picture than when I took my first undergraduate anthropology class in 1964.
NKore’s Journey is anthropologically informed by Stallings the cultural anthropologist, but created by Stallings the fiction writer. I think this was probably the first time I had given any thought to the course of one person’s entire life among human ancestors except, perhaps, going back to grandparents. Although there are some Stallings’ hallmarks to be found in this book, and there are certainly tensions – as will be found in all humanity - within NKore’s group and between NKore’s group and outsiders, in some ways this is one of the most gentle books of Stallings I have read, especially in the way he portrays NKore, the female of 100,000 years ago whose journey we follow. The opening, with the death of NKore’s mother, is quite poignant. The end is hopeful. As a woman, a gynecologist, and an anthropologist, I would have preferred a clear reference to the onset of puberty, whether marked by ritual or not, because it is such a distinct rite of passage for women, but that is a minor point. NKore is brought to life in a setting 100,000 years ago by Stallings' imagination.
NKore is interesting not only as a character from our human past, but also as a strong woman true to herself for any age. Written for young adults, I especially recommend this book for young women, for whom NKore is a fitting role model.