San storytellers seem to have inexhaustible sources for their stories and to have endless variations of their tales. But oral persuasion is also an essential part of their culture. Mathias Guenther, in a recent journal article, bases his examination of San rhetoric primarily on the Naro people, but he includes in his analysis many references […]

The Ju/’hoansi criticize or verbally punish people whose behavior disrupts the cohesion, harmony, and mutual assistance in their communities. Drawing on her field notes from an eight-week visit to Botswana in 1974, and six weeks of observations in 1996-1997, Polly Wiessner analyzes in a recent journal article the ways the Ju/’hoansi use verbal punishments to […]