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Anthropologist: Scientist of the People
ISBN: 9780618083688
Author: Batten, Mary
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Published: September 2001
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Anthropologist Hurtado relates how she spent more than 15 years studying the Ache, hunter-gatherers living in Paraguay in South America, and how she spent years living with the Ache, learning their language and observing their history. Full-color photos.
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Physical Information: 0.49" H x 9.26" L x 11.30" W 64 pages
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Science, Picture Books, Middle School, Geography
Grade level(s): 5th, 6th, 7th
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2002 Spring)
This photo-essay introduces the field of anthropology through the work of one individual, Magdalena Hurtado, who studies the AchT, hunter-gatherers living in the tropical forests of Paraguay. The concisely written volume describes both Hurtado's work and the life of the contemporary AchT, who are ""caught in an incredibly complex transition between the Stone Age and the Space Age."" Bib., ind. Copyright 2002 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2002 #1)
A photo-essay introduces the field of anthropology through the work of one individual, Magdalena Hurtado, who studies the Ach , hunter-gatherers living in the tropical forests of Paraguay. Illustrated with color photographs taken by Hurtado and her anthropologist husband, the concisely written volume explains how Hurtado came to study anthropology, describes her first meeting with the Ach in 1981, and discusses her annual return visits to work in the field. Accessibly presenting information about anthropological methodology, including "focal follow" (in which the anthropologist randomly picks an individual to follow for an entire day, recording everything that person does in a notebook) and "scan sampling" (stopping at certain time intervals to record what every single member of a group is doing at that moment), the book also provides an intriguing portrait of life in the Ach community: how they forage for food and raise children, their marriage and divorce customs, and the "crying sessions" that may seem particularly curious to other cultures. The traditional life of the Ach is coming to an end, as most have moved onto reservations and must now contend with issues of healthcare, sanitation, and changing from a foraging to a farming society. In the haunting words of the last chapter, "They are caught in an incredibly complex transition between the Stone Age and the Space Age"-a transition captured in this volume and by the anthropologist who continues to study them. A list of "Further Reading" is included but is peculiarly disjointed. p.d.s. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Magazine Reviews
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2001 September)
Gr 5-8-A stunning photo-essay about the life and work of Hurtado, an anthropologist who has been studying the Aché people in Paraguay for 15 years. The well-organized, logical text intertwines the information about these hunter-gatherers and the changes in their society with insight into the anthropologist's methods of observation, data collection, and analysis. Unfamiliar terms are effortlessly explained. The large, full-color photographs sometimes fill an entire page and show individuals engaged in daily activities. There are also a couple of maps (without a scale or compass rose). Batten gently explains that there are many reasons for studying other cultures. Her respect for the work of Hurtado is evident as is her concern for the future of the Aché. This book is an excellent choice for booktalking and it will fill requests for assignment material on careers, women's history month, introductory anthropology, and the peoples of South America. Reluctant older readers will be enticed by the photos. Students who enjoy this title may also be interested in Joan Mark's Margaret Mead (Oxford, 2001), which offers a more complete life and education of a female anthropologist, and Jan Reynolds's Amazon Basin (Harcourt, 1993), a photo exploration of the life of the Yanomama people of the Amazon region.-Dona J. Helmer, College Gate School Library, Anchorage, AK Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.