Under African Sun

Marianne Alverson, Author University of Chicago Press $20 (233p) ISBN 978-0-226-01623-8
With her husband (a Dartmouth professor) and two young sons, Alverson (now an anti-apartheid activist and educational administrator at Dartmouth) lived in a manure-and-mud-floor hut in Botswana in the early 1970s. Bringing a minimum of clothing and very little else, the family worked side by side with their Tswana ""age-mates,'' shared ``efforts and smiles'' and learned to drink (but not enjoy) kadi beerand Alverson started a school for children. She debated with Tswana women (in Setswana) about traditional and Western attitudes toward marriage, religion, medicine (witch doctors vs. ``white coats'') and agricultural methods. A few years later, a new airport displaced their neighbors and swallowed up the community, so this is a valuable as well as entertaining account of disappearing African society. Photos. (April)
Reviewed on: 03/31/1987
Release date: 04/01/1987
Paperback - 250 pages - 978-0-226-01624-5
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