Imagining Serengeti A History of Landscape Memory in Tanzania from Earliest Time to the Present

ISBN-10: 0821417509

ISBN-13: 9780821417508

Edition: 2007

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Description: Long before the creation of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, the people of the western Serengeti had established settlements and interacted with the environment in ways that created a landscape we now misconstrue as natural. Western Serengeti peoples imagine the environment not as a pristine wilderness, but as a differentiated social landscape that embodies their history and identity. Conservationist literature has ignored these now-displaced peoples and relegated them to the margins of modern society. Their oral traditions, however, provide the means for seeing the landscape from a new perspective. "Imagining Serengeti "allows us to see the Serengeti landscape as a book of memory that preserves the ways in which western Serengeti peoples have actively transformed their environment and their societies. Moreover, it strengthens the case for involving local communities in conservation efforts that will preserve African environments for the future. Using a new methodology to analyze precolonial oral traditions, Jan Shetler identifies core spatial images, which are then recontextualized into historical time periods through the use of archaeological, linguistic, ethnographic, ecological, and archival evidence. I"magining Serengeti" reconstructs a socioenvironmental history of landscape memory of the western Serengeti spanning the last eighteen hundred years.

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 6/12/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Introduction : landscapes of memory
Past ways of seeing and using the landscape
Ecological landscapes : settling frontier environments (Asimoka), ca. 300 CE to present
Social landscapes : forging food security networks (Hamate), ca. 1000 CE to present
Sacred landscapes : claiming ritual space of the ancestral land (Emisambwa), ca. 1500 to present
Landscape memory and historical challenges
The time of disasters : creating wilderness, 1840-1920
Resistance to colonial incorporation : becoming "poachers," 1900-1950
The creation of Serengeti National Park : voicing global concerns, 1950-2003
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