Description : In 1961, John F. Kennedy referred to the Papuans as “living, as it were, in the Stone Age.” For the most part, politicians and scholars have since learned not to call people “primitive,” but when it comes to the Papuans, the Stone-Age stain persists and for decades has been used to justify denying their basic rights. Why has this fantasy held such a tight grip on the imagination of journalists, policy-makers, and the public at large? Living in the Stone Age answers this question by following the adventures of officials sent to the New Guinea highlands in the 1930s to establish a foothold for Dutch colonialism. These officials became deeply dependent on the good graces of their would-be Papuan subjects, who were their hosts, guides, and, in some cases, friends. Danilyn Rutherford shows how, to preserve their sense of racial superiority, these officials imagined that they were traveling in the Stone Age—a parallel reality where their own impotence was a reasonable response to otherworldly conditions rather than a sign of ignorance or weakness. Thus, Rutherford shows, was born a colonialist ideology. Living in the Stone Age is a call to write the history of colonialism differently, as a tale of weakness not strength. It will change the way readers think about cultural contact, colonial fantasies of domination, and the role of anthropology in the postcolonial world.
Description : Life was different long ago, but how? Jump back in time to experience the lives of children in Roman times, or the Stone Age. What did they eat? How did they defend themselves? What happens if you try to storm a Norman castle? Ready to find out all this and more? Let's go!
Description : Isbister in the Orkneys is one of those extraordinary archaeological sites where the remains of Neolithic man and his works have been so well preserved that they give us an amazingly clear picture of the life and people of 5000 years ago. In Tomb of the Eagles John W. Hedges describes vividly the activities of a tribe which had as its totem the magnificent white-tailed sea eagle. For these people the building and use of the tomb was symbol and expression of their identity. It was here that the dead joined their ancestors–but only after the flesh had been stripped from their bones. It was here, too, that offerings were made. Here broken pots were piled; fish, eagles and joints of meat mouldered; and the hands of the living sorted the heaped bones of the dead.
Description : A fashion-forward guide to living well with crystals from the jewelry editor of British Vogue--including guidance and advice from designers, jewelers, and celebrity crystal fans, as well as stories of crystals throughout history. The New Stone Age guides you through fifteen different types of stones, categorized by color, and teaches you how to stylishly incorporate them into your wardrobe, home, and beyond. Assigning each crystal to a particular ailment of the modern age, whether it's self-doubt, travel anxiety, or restlessness, Carol Woolton explains how a simple crystal worn around your neck, tossed in your purse, or sitting next to your computer can help inspire you to make positive changes in your life. Woolton traces the history of crystals, showing how the same quartz that was used as a form of protection in the handles of Egyptian daggers can also be hung near a bedside to help with burnout. Filled with celebrity insights, fun facts, and real-life stories from women who attribute dramatic personal improvements to their crystals, The New Stone Age is a gorgeous and informative idea book for crystal lovers everywhere.
Description : Shamanism is one of the world's oldest religions and is the practice of communicating with the natural and spiritual worlds through shamans, or medicine men. It may appeal to spiritual seekers who are disillusioned with traditional religions or New Age gurus because it offers a unique perspective, one based on experience rather than dogma and a celebration of the natural world and our place in it.
Description : The study of the structural organisation of sites, and socio-economic inferences that can be made from it, has been popular in Palaeolithic archaeology. Naeroy outlines a methodological framework to analyse the Mesolithic and Neolithic of Norway which has often been considered as having yielded only a poor collection of materials during this time period despite obvious changes occuring as a consequence of a more settled life-style.
Description : Matt Graham, star of the Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival and Dude, You’re Screwed, details the physical, mental, and emotional joys and harrowing struggles of his life as a modern-day hunter-gatherer. Early on in his life, Matt craved a return to nature. When he became an adult, he set aside his comfortable urban life and lived entirely off the land to learn from the smallest and grandest of all things. In this riveting narrative that brings together epic adventure and spiritual quest, he shows us what extraordinary things the human body is capable of when pushed to its limits. In Epic Survival, written with Josh Young, coauthor of five New York Times bestsellers, Matt relays captivating stories from his life to show just how terrifying—and gratifying—living off the grid can be. He learns the secrets of the Tarahumara Indians that helped him run the 1,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail in just fifty-eight days and endure temperature swings of 100 degrees. He takes us with him as he treks into the wilderness to live alone for half a year, armed with nothing but a loincloth, a pair of sandals, a stone knife, and chia seeds. He recounts near-death experiences of hiking alone through the snowdrifts at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and tells us about the time he entered a three-day Arabian horse race on foot—and finished third. Above all, Epic Survival is a book about growing closer to the land that nurtures us. No matter how far our modern society takes us from the wilderness, the call remains. Whether you’re an armchair survivalist or have taken the plunge yourself, Matt’s story is both inspiration and invigoration, teaching even the most urbane among us important and breathtaking lessons.
Description : "Ug and his parents live in the Stone Age. This means stone blankets, stone cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers! Being an inquisitive boy, Ug suggests a series of modifications to improve the quality of family life. His ideas about heating, cooking, boats and balls that actually bounce meet a hostile reaction from his parents and friends. Even Ug himself is occasionally unsure of the practical purpose of his creations - his round stone that rolls down the hill is great, but what is it actually for? ith the help of his father, who is slowly coming round to his son's way of thinking, Ug comes tantalisingly close to his ultimate garment goal, only to find that there are obstacles even a boy genius cannot overcome."