The King of the World in the Land of the Pygmies

Joan T. Mark

Anno: 1995
Rilegatura: Paperback / softback
Pagine: 276 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 229 x 152 mm
Peso: 454 gr.
  • EAN: 9780803282506
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Joan Mark offers an interpretive biography of Patrick Tracy Lowell Putnam (1904-53), who spent twenty-five years living among the Bambuti pygmies of the Ituri Forest in what is now Zaire. On the Epulu River he constructed Camp Putnam as a harmonious multiracial community. He modeled his camp on the "dude ranches" of the American West, taking in paying guests while running a medical clinic and occasionally offering legal aid to the local people, and assumed the role of intermediary between locals and visitors, including Colin M. Turnbull, author of the classic Forest People. Mark describes Putnam's mercurial relations with family and with his African and American wives-and follows him to his sad and violent end. She places Patrick Putnam within the context of three different anthropological traditions and examines his contribution as an expert on pygmies.