The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture

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The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture Author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas Jared Taylor Williams go inside Kindle 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.. From the plains of Africa to her very own backyard, noted author and anthropologist Elizabeth Marshall Thomas explores the world of cats, both large and small 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 creaturesFrom the plains of Africa to her very own backyard, noted author and anthropologist Elizabeth Marshall Thomas explores the world of cats, both large and small 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 social lives, thought processes, eating habits, and communication techniques, and reveal how they survive and coexist with each other and with humans.. Bestseller Book The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture 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 studying) sees things in a different light. Just to give one example. Lions. We all are taught that male lions are great big fearsome creatures who when they find a pride of lionesses that they like the look of, they just move on in, fighting the dominant male (if there is one) until he runs off and the sisters just accept they have a new master.Does this really make sense? Lionesses, three or four sisters hunting together, couldn't bring down a single male if they didn't like the look of him? Of course they could and do. What appeals to lionesses in lions seems to be primarily two things. One he should be very good in bed as lionesses like a lot of extended sex and are multi-orgasmic. They do not like quickies and tend to turn their heads and bite the lion's neck if he is not performing to their satisfaction. They allow him 'off the job' for a refreshing drink of water, but that's it, until they've had enough.Secondly, he must be an extremely good babysitter. That's his job in life. Male lions babysit. They are portrayed as lazy creatures who have no need to work at hunting as the females do that and bring back the kill for him to feast first. And so they do. But he is home babysitting, protecting the little ones from all predators and harm. If he's good at babysitting and a great stud, he stays. Otherwise, the lionesses can happily do without a lion until one turns up they rather fancy.One thing that is very disturbing though but only to my human nature, not to lion nature, is that when a lion is accepted by the females into a pride, he kills (and eats) the cubs not sired by him. It's a brilliant book. I read it many years ago but. kike all Elizabeth Marshall Thomas's books, her profound insights remain fresh with me and cause me to question the overwhelmingly patriarchal David Attenborough wildlife documentaries and some of the ethological books I read.On the island I live on, farming is considered letting the animals loose and they all live lovely lives wandering around doing as they please and eating your garden (unless you fence it off and have a cattle grid), it's all very organic. The generally held view is that bulls are dominant and dangerous and cows aren't. It is exactly the opposite. Bulls are only dangerous if they kept alone. Even in a bull ring they have to be stuck with knives on the end of spears to goad them, otherwise they'd probably just stand there. Bulls are family men. They do like to be the herd. Keep them alone and they get upset. Young bulls will always run from people (at least here), they are very sweet but cowardly. Cows rarely run, and if you have a dog with you and they have calves they are threatening and dangerous. One or two cows together in your garden you can get to move off. More than that, even if there are bulls in the pack and they just sit down, chewing grass and staring insolently. They know there is nothing you can do, there are too many of them. I once saw a bull and cow in love. The cow, was the leader of the herd (it is always a cow) and they used to stand very close to each other and rub their flanks together, they were never separated. This went on for years. Love didn't just start with people, nor is it something a pet animal feels just for people or it's young, it's come down to us as part of evolution. It's a nice thought that. A long chain of love stretching back to... I wonder in which creatures it started?
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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 studyin [...]


  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 least be ta [...]


  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 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 knew some o [...]


  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


  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.


  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 referen [...]


  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 in awe of large wild cats It saddened me [...]


  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 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 behave th [...]


  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 schol [...]


  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



  11. 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.


  12. 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 with [...]


  13. 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.


  14. 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 in a [...]


  15. I really enjoyed this, but it was much 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.


  16. 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.




  17. 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 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 how sh [...]


  18. 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 cat l [...]


  19. 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 sense than bouncing back and forth, as she does [...]


  20. 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 s gam [...]


  21. 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 comm [...]


  22. 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 concerned tha [...]


  23. 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.


  24. 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 [...]


  25. 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.


  26. Interesting reading there were some things I knew about cats but I learned a lot 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 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.


  27. 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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