The Forest People
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
In this widely popular book, the British-American anthropologist detailed his three years spent with the community in the late 1950s. The style is informal and accessible. Turnbull contrasts his forest-living subjects' lifestyle with that of nearby town-dwelling Africans and evaluates the interactions of the two groups.
The Forest People was the popular version of Turnbull's academic thesis, which was published in an expanded, more technical form by Routledge in London as Wayward Servants: The Two Worlds of the African Pygmies (1965). Turnbull wrote about his experiences with the tribe from a first person perspective as he trove through many years with the African Pygmies. The Mbuti tribe respected him as a human, and attempted to show him their cultural prospects as a society until a drastic change in their lifestyles occurred.
- Smithsonian listing of documentary footage of the area and communities described in the book
- BaMbuti Pygmies @ National Geographic Magazine National Geographic Feature in September 2005
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