Thursday, June 14, 2012

Trekking in South Central Africa 1913 - 1919

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Trekking in South Central Africa is a lively re-telling of the journey undertaken by C.M. Doke and his father, the Reverend Joseph J. Doke, from South Africa to the area known as Lambaland in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) in 1913, and of Doke's subsequent residence among the Lamba people during a seven-year period as a missionary.

The text can be read on a number of levels. It offers, first, an account of the shaping influences on the life of C.M. Doke. Secondly, the book recounts the trails and successes of seven years of missionary life, providing glimpses into everyday life at Kafulafuta Mission in the second decade of this century. Finally, the book provides the reader with a window on the natural history of Lambaland, seen through the eyes of Clement Doke.

The story of Doke's trek is interesting in its own right, but the later prominence of C.M. Doke as one of the most distinguished scholars on the African continent makes it a compelling document. Doke went from Kafulafuta Mission to establish and head the Department of African Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

The text is preceded by an introduction by R.K. Herbert that contextualises the missionary experience in Central Africa and seeks to disentangle missionary and colonial orders.

Product Detail

Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Natal Witness Printing and Publishing (1993)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0 86814 231 0
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