Empires, Nations, and Natives. Anthropology and State
... address them. Yet the tragic irony that Lebovics addresses in this book is a simple
one. Centuries of colonial domination did not open the eyes of imperialists to
the cultural diversity of the peoples they governed, quite the reverse: imperialist
nations typically imposed exclusionary forms of gover ...
Discovering the Ancient Kingdoms of Africa
... You will learn to develop the skills that anthropologists and historians must have
as you work together with a team of researchers on one assigned kingdom in
ancient and medieval Africa.
As a group, you must conduct research on the following areas (listed below),
while responding to content-specific ...
I am the Subject of the King of Congo
... for their own ideas. As the Kongolese understood it, the character of the
founder formed a charter for the proper governance of the state.
In some versions of the story, the founder was described as a conqueror. Such
kings exercised absolute power and could not be controlled by society; they
could a ...
The Songora or Shongora (pl. Basongora, sing. Musongora) also known as Hima/Huma/Hema) are a traditionally a pastoralist people of the Great Lakes region of Central Africa located in Western Uganda and Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. They have distinctive customs and speak 'Rusongora' an African language that is originates from Proto-Kordofanian and is similar to Runyankole and Rutoro. The Basongora population has reported as numbering 11,000 in Uganda, but this is most certainly an underestimate.The colonial and neo-colonial governments in Central Africa instituted programs to encourage the Basongora to abandon their traditional lifestyle, and most of the territory traditionally owned by the Songora community has been appropriated for use as national parks or has been settled and occupied by other communities, notably the Batoro and Bakonzo. Also Songora territory has was partitioned into several districts and is distributed across Uganda and Congo.The traditional lifestyle of the Basongora is notable for its adaptation to dry savana and scrublands, as well as mountainous terrain. Cultural tourism should be promoted among the Basongora as an alternative means of income generation, and Basongora should be encouraged to welcome visits to their village to experience their culture, traditions, and lifestyle.