Category Archives: John Hanning Speke

Inventing Ethnicity; Imagining Agriculture: The ‘Tribes’ of Ham and the ‘Primitive’ Crops of Africa

Also see: Race from a local perspective: 19th and 14th Centuries                    Ethnic Psudo-histories of Central Africa – Tribes of Ham Again 2 Updating blog. One of the most bedevilling aspects of colonial and post-colonial African history and development that continues … Continue reading

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Cuisines and Crops of Africa, 19th Century – The Limits of Pastoralism as a Lifestyle

  [First posted  24 Oct 2009  Revised 04 November 2011] With the Horn of Africa so much in the news now, I am updating and reposting several links that focus on limited resources in the area. Summary: The importance of the relationship … Continue reading

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Sex in the Jungle: Experiences of Victorian Explorers

  Although 19th century explorers wrote on any number of topics about their African experiences, sex was not one of them – either about their own experiences or observations amongst groups whom they visited. Euphemisms, however, were common – such … Continue reading

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Visitors on the Wild Side of Lake Tanganyika – II

Part I is here: Visitors on the Wild Side of Lake Tanganyika – I  Moving ‘up’ the wildlife chain…  We have many guinea fowl in the wild – and a while back I was given a clutch to keep.  They make excellent … Continue reading

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Life and Livestock in the Arid Areas of Somiland, 1850’s

When Burton and Speke travelled in the regions of what today is Somaliland, they discovered  ways of life lived by both pastoralists and livestock that were, to them, unique.  Reasonable responses to aridity formed the context for successful survival.  …In … Continue reading

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How to render Animal Fat among the Obbo, Northern Uganda

Fat was such an important part of the diet in much of sub-Saharan Africa that the rendering of meat to obtain the best fat was critical.  Whether animal or vegetable, fat was a multipurpose ingredient, used not only in cooking, … Continue reading

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Sex in the Jungle: Experiences of Victorian Explorers

Although 19th century explorers wrote on any number of topics about their African experiences, sex was not one of them – either about their own experiences or observations amongst groups whom they visited.  Euphemisms, however, were common – such as the … Continue reading

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