African tribal structures, rites, customs, culture, in life history details, rather then a full, rounded novel, this chronicles the birth to grave existence of typical of his tribe, which spans the disappearance of the old ways under the growing power of the white government. The events of childhood, the tests and trials of his boyhood, his bondage to a neighboring king, his apprenticeship to the tribe's hunter, and his to his instructor's post, his happy marriage to Miapa, his life-long enmity with renegade Kandimba, and his final disgrace with officialdom when he attacks Kandimba, his return to the tribe. Negligible as a story, the sole interest is in the anthropological material, which Margaret Mead has done better. The author has drawn for his material on expeditions taken for the Chicago Natural History Museum. Limited market.