Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture

  • Title: Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture
  • Author: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas JamieMalanowski
  • ISBN: 9780684804545
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tribe of Tiger Cats and Their Culture ow takes readers on an extraordinary journey into the world of cats Thomas enjoys the complexity and subtlety of feline society and rejects many of the oversimplifications that have become popular kno
    ow takes readers on an extraordinary journey into the world of cats Thomas enjoys the complexity and subtlety of feline society and rejects many of the oversimplifications that have become popular knowledge concerning cats Desmond Morris, The New York Review of Books Illustrations.

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    1. Elizabeth Marshall Thomas is the author of The Harmless People, a non fiction work about the Kung Bushmen of southwestern Africa, and of Reindeer Moon, a novel about the paleolithic hunter gatherers of Siberia, both of which were tremendous international successes She lives in New Hampshire.


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    1. What is tremendously interesting about this book is the viewpoint it is written from. Generally anthropological books and documentaries are the work of men and reflect a male point of view in everything. However, since we never see another side we accept that this is an 'objective' look at the species in question. Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, daughter of anthropologists herself and therefore schooled in the scientific method from birth (her upbringing was generally with whomever her parents were s [...]

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    2. It's about time for me to reread this. Review below originally pub'd on in 1999:This is a book that anyone interested in natural history and/or animal behavior ought to read. The author has a poet's command of the English language combined with a thorough understanding of the methodologies of the social and natural sciences. Her (radical?) contention that animals, particularly cats, have culture - a series of learned and transmissible behaviors - is demonstrated to the point where it should at [...]

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    3. This book was not what I expected. I'd read The Hidden Life of Dogs but knew nothing else about the author. I expected a light, quick read, but this book is much more. The earlier parts about the history, anatomy, and types of cats didn't excite me, but I did learn a lot. And then, who knew? The author is a well-known anthropologist. She spent much of her youth in Africa, with at least one visit decades later. She was there in the 1950s, when people had not encroached much on the wilderness. She [...]

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    4. Must-read for cat lovers. Cats as ranchers. The lions in Botswana! She's a great writer, and this is a great book.For an actual review, see Athena's: /review/showAnd for fun, see PetraX's: /review/show

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    5. It's been years since I read this, but I remember finding it fascinating. Our domestic cats aren't that far removed from the big cats.

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    6. I'm not sure how to tag this one, since I haven't read it all I finally decided it wasn't worth taking the time to try to finish it. The book started out pretty well, but it seems like the author couldn't quite make up her mind whether she wanted to write a scientifically based overview of the influence of evolution on the behavior of cats or just showcase her own anecdotal stories of cat behavior.Obviously, the two could easily go hand in hand, but her "science" often ended up simply being refe [...]

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    7. Thomas does a great job of synthesizing her personal experiences as a field anthropologist and cat owner with historical information gathered from various obscure but nevertheless educational sources. I do feel I have a better sense of the culture of my own house cats and how they behave as extensions of their wild ancestors. Her recollections of her work in Africa with hunter-gatherer communities and her interactions with wild lions and tigers put me even more in awe of large wild cats. It sadd [...]

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    8. I read much of this book with my two pampered felines curled next to me, which is the best way to experience it (and many things in life), in my opinion. I loved the author's well-rendered anecdotes about the cats in her life, from housecats to pumas to lions. I would have liked to have heard more about domestic cats, but I did enjoy comparing my little lions to the much bigger ones Thomas described. The book was not purely scientific - Thomas made a lot of assumptions and guesses about why cats [...]

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    9. I've been an animal lover most of my life and have a fondness for cats. When I read "The Tribe of Tiger", this intellectual treatise and scholarly research on an animal we take for granted, it opened my eyes and mind to the possibilities of what I wanted to be able to write. I am a huge fan of Dr. Elizabeth Marshall Thomas' body of work and admire her many years of anthropological study often involving indigenous people in the African countries. I have a particular fondness for her books and her [...]

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    10. I am getting used to this author's rambling writing style. She is very charming though and I love her mix of personal anecdotes, observations, and hard science weaved throughout her books. From lions, pumas, tigers, bobcats, to domestic cats, I certainly look at my own cats in a different light now. Especially now that I know why they bring me live baby birds and snakes! :-/

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    11. Loved this, and also her book on dogs. Highly recommend

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    12. I loved this book. The author is incredibly informative and explains cat behavior along with history of cats in an easy to understand way. She includes small stories on the side of her personal interactions with cats large and small. Fellow crazy cat ladies of the world, I implore you to read this lovely book.

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    13. Elizabeth Thomas acute observations of felines of every size and stripe adds much to our knowledge of feline behavior. A must for any serious cat lover who wants to better understand how cats think. Ms. Thomas received a great deal of criticism for this book from professional animal behaviorists since her lifetime of observations and interactions with cats large and small as an anthropologist were not credited as valuable. However, as a vet tech and cat consultant I found her ideas corresponded [...]

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    14. I love EMT's intense observations and passionate descriptions. Without anthropomophizing, she grants animals (cats, in this case)a wide range of emotions and motivations, and delicately portrays their personal (felinal?) lives.

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    15. Love this book!I am the proud parent of 4 wonderful cats and 1 dog with a very sweet Soul. I thoroughly enjoyed The Tribe of Tiger. I've read many books on cat behavior, but none was nearly as informative as this one. Ms Thomas is an astute observer of animals and has done a remarkable amount of research for this book. The result is a very readable format which made it difficult to put the book down. I've discussed this book with several members of my family and friends despite reading the book [...]

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    16. I really enjoyed this, but it was much more about her experiences with wild lions in Africa than it was about house cats. Some parts were very hard to read, so not for the very tender of heart. And odd to read about her endorsement of tigers in the circus. Yes, better than a dirty backyard cage, sometimes, but still not where any wild cat should be. Ever.

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    17. There were some interesting things and some annoying things and some sad things. The author's tone of voice about a lot of it was frustrating to me. But I did learn some things and gain a different perspective on a few things.

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    18. from what I remember it's very anecdotal. but it's about cats, so i like it.

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    19. Interesting enough, but it was framed as much more scientific that I found it to actually be.

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    20. This is an interesting little volume about cat social behaviors across the feline family spectrum, but I found a lot of this book to be unsatisfactory to what I was hoping to read. I was hoping for a well-research, well-documented book with less anecdotal information, a less anthropomorphic perspective, and with a little more professional, ethical judgement. The author observes and examines the social behaviors of her own housecats, but she is coming from the perspective of an anthropologist in [...]

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    21. This book is about the culture of cats--big cats as well as house cats, wild cats as well as domesticated cats. The author, who is an anthropologist and has also written books about dog and deer behavior, has many fascinating stories to tell about the behavior of house cats, lions and tigers in the wild and captivity, and American pumas. The book meanders a bit--it doesn't progress toward a central argument so much as give many examples of cats teaching/learning culture from different types of c [...]

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    22. is book was okay. I will admit that I had unreasonably high expectations, because I absolutely love Thomas' book The Secret Life of Dogs and have read it multiple times. She's an incredibly sensitive and empathetic anthropologist with a keen eye for observing and interpreting behavior that other people might miss.That being said, it was pretty clear that she likes dogs a little better than cats; also the narrative of her dog pack over time made a bit more sense than bouncing back and forth, as s [...]

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    23. Thomas's book contains plenty of intriguing info for cat lovers. I am definitely a cat lover and i was satisfied with this relatively plain fare.Her writing style almost surely won't wow anybody, though in the final section of this book (pp 228-234) she exhibits high quality work previously unimaginable and she provides some text worth stopping to admire. If you don't read anything else in this book, give the last 5 pages a gander. (To apply Robert Frost's poetry-as-tennis metaphor, maybe Thomas [...]

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    24. From the plains of Africa to her very own backyard, noted author and anthropologist Elizabeth Marshall Thomas explores the world of cats, both large andsmall in this classic bestseller. Inspired by her own feline's instinct to hunt and supported by her studies abroad, Thomas examines the life actions,as well as the similarities and differences of these majestic creatures. Lions, tigers, pumas and housecats: Her observations shed light on their sociallives, thought processes, eating habits, and c [...]

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    25. Interesting in places. Covers wild cats in Africa as well as house cats. Thomas does have some empathy blind spots. Her love for nature seems at times to start and stop with cats. When describing the hunting habits of her house cats, she mentions all the prey they bring into the house -- mice, voles, chipmunks, bats, birds, snakes (which are then discarded); however, there is no hint of concern for the wildlife which is being indiscriminately slaughtered by her pets. On the other hand, she is co [...]

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    26. A mostly personal observation on the real nature of cats, big and small, from a woman with a marvelous insight into their idiosyncratic yet most logical natures. Beginning with her associations and experiences with African lions and continuing through observations of mountain lions and house cats, she relates the feline nature and historical association with man from a truly unique perspective. I really enjoyed reading this book, and gained an insight to cats which I hadn't appreciated before.

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    27. Although the book opens with invigorating conversation about her housecats and their activities as a pack, and then compare them to her experiences with lions in the wild this is about as far as it goes again, and again, I find the author calling back to various memories many not even related to felines, but to memories of witnessing the people of the tribe she once knew and then the next chapter will start off talking about cats again by the end of it, I found myself skipping most of it, scanni [...]

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    28. The begining section was very interesting and filled with awesome facts about cats, housecats, or wild cats. The middle section however, was very, very boring. I could care less about that tribe of people and most of it was about lions, and did not relate anything to housecats, which I was most interested in. The ending section slightly made up for it, but it was nothing compared to the first section.

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    29. Interesting reading - there were some things I knew about cats but I learned a lot more. Liked reading her observations about wild cat behavior in the Bushman desert home in Africa. Also like how she related and compared wild cat behavior with domestic housecats - there are more similarities than you would think. The last chapters regarding zoo cats and circus cats were also informative.I read this book in memory of my friend Holly Marie Hill - it was on her TBR list.

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    30. A look into the minds of cats, big and small--with an acknowledgement that cats are inherently too alien to ever fully understand. It opens with a story about the author's 7 pound cat stalking a full grown deerhis size making absolutely no difference in what the cat thought possible. Filled with anecdotal stories along with cat facts, this is a great read for folks who like cats and even folks who don't.

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