Describes the author's one-year stay in northwest India with the Rabari, a nomadic tribe whose traditional migratory route is quickly vanishing
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As Robyn Davidson writes in Desert Places, the Thar, a 230,000-square-mile expanse of formidably dry country in northwestern India, is a harsh land of "granite outcroppings, naked but for a few gullies of monsoon forest or a single, white-painted elephant stationed on a summit eternally surveying the farmlands below." Among the people who populate the Thar are the Rabari, who are quickly becoming modernized and dispossessed, wanderers on the fringes of urban civilization, people who are at home nowhere. After making a false start as a book of adventure travel, Desert Places becomes a work of cultural ecology and of amateur anthropology, reporting on the final days of a traditional nomadic culture once utterly at home in an inhospitable land.About the Author:
Robyn Davidson is the author of Tracks?an account of her journey through Aboriginal land in the Australian desert?and a novel, Ancestors.
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