Last week, Eric Michael Johnson described the way the Mbuti censured the abhorrent behavior of Cephu, a story told originally by Colin Turnbull in The Forest People, one of the classics of modern anthropology.
In 1946 Anne Eisner, a promising New York painter, married Patrick Putnam and followed him to the Ituri forest of the Belgian Congo to live with his African wives. An amateur anthropologist seven years older than she was, Putnam soon became physically and mentally ill, so Eisner cared for him while he degenerated and finally […]
Colin Turnbull’s The Forest People describes the Ituri Forest and the Mbuti who live there. But how well has the forest protected them during the recent wars in Eastern Congo? This question should haunt anyone fascinated by the forest-dwelling peoples that Turnbull portrayed over 40 years ago in his international best seller, plus his other, […]