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The Other Side of Eden

Hunters, Farmers, and the Shaping of the World

Hugh Brody

North Point Press

Hugh Brody crystallizes three decades of studying, learning from, crusading for, and thinking about hunter-gatherers in this profound and provocative book. Contrary to stereotype, he says, it is the farmers and their colonizing descendants—ourselves—who are the true nomads, doomed to the geographical and spiritual restlessness embodied in the story of Genesis. By contrast, the hunters have a deep attachment to the place and ways of their ancestors that stems from an enviable sense, distinctively expressed in thought, word, and act, of being part of the fabric of the natural and spiritual worlds.

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The Other Side of Eden
OpeningImagine the crystal darkness of an arctic night. A canopy of stars and a glowing arc of aurora, the northern lights. A vast astral flickering and dancing; yet a sense of eternal, unmoving space. Under the moonlight, the surface of the world shines and fades into the distance. The sky is cloudless, open, with clearness that is like a sound, a crackling of frozen silence that many arctic travelers claim to be able to hear. And there is a wind, strong enough to blow the snow across the ice.I was traveling by dog team with Paulussie Inukuluk. He was taking me to hunt
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Praise for The Other Side of Eden

"The best books change the way you think. This is one of those." --National Geographic Adventure

"An informed, passionate and enlightening volume . . . that draws on an exceedingly rich experience and adds new dimensions to our understanding . . ." --The New York Times

"Brody's book is more than merely a personal story. It is also a radical and ambitious argument about human history." --Newsday

"[Brody] presents a culture of exceptional maturity, rich in many of the things we believe we have lost . . ." --The New Yorker
"The best books change the way you think. This is one of those." --National Geographic Adventure

"An informed, passionate and enlightening volume . . . that draws on an exceedingly rich experience and adds new dimensions to our understanding . . ." --The New York Times

"Brody's book is more than merely a personal story. It is also a radical and ambitious argument about human history." --Newsday

"[Brody] presents a culture of exceptional maturity, rich in many of the things we believe we have lost . . ." --The New Yorker

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Hugh Brody

  • Hugh Brody is an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker who has worked and traveled extensively among indigenous peoples. He is the author of several previous books.
  • Hugh Brody Copyright Jerry Bauer
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The Other Side of Eden

Hunters, Farmers, and the Shaping of the World

Hugh Brody

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