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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. Imagining Serengeti reconstructs a socioenvironmental history of landscape memory of the western Serengeti spanning the last eighteen hundred years.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction: Landscapes of Memory
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. PART I. Past Ways of Seeing and Using the Landscape
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. 1. Ecological Landscapes: Settling Frontier Environments (Asimoka), ca. 300 CE to Present
  2. pp. 29-62
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  1. 2. Social Landscapes: Forging Food Security Networks (Hamate), ca. 1000 CE to Present
  2. pp. 63-100
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  1. 3. Sacred Landscapes: Claiming Ritual Space of the Ancestral Land (Emisambwa),ca. 1500 to Present
  2. pp. 101-132
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  1. PART II. Landscape Memory and Historical Challenges
  2. pp. 133-134
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  1. 4. The Time of Disasters: Creating Wilderness, 1840–1920
  2. pp. 135-168
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  1. 5. Resistance to Colonial Incorporation: Becoming “Poachers,” 1900–1950
  2. pp. 169-200
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  1. 6. The Creation of Serengeti National Park: Voicing Global Concerns, 1950–2003
  2. pp. 201-238
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 239-242
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 243-324
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 325-360
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 361-378
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780821442432
Print ISBN
9780821417508
MARC Record
OCLC
648346527
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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