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Seeking wisdom and lore from powerful women in the Bantu Matrilineal Belt

This blog will chronicle our research in the Bantu Matrilineal Belt.  We received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant (maybe the last for a while) to do this research. This year Trip 1 will take us to Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The adventure begins . . .

 

June 7, 2018

    The main reason we received the visa to DRC was because we were giving a talk at the University about the significance of matrilineal societies to African history.  We arrived on campus and found Jeff Hoover.  Jeff received his PhD. in African history from Yale in...

July 3, 2017

How to describe Lubumbashi.  Just saying the name gives you an idea of how really unique and rhythmic this city is.  On our second day, we just wandered around town since it was a Sunday and it would be hard to meet people. The energy on the streets, the Congolese musi...

May 30, 2017

Blog 4: A Muslim, a Jesuit and a Père Blanc Walked into an Archive…

Ok now we are in Lusaka rested up.  It is time to go to work.  Of course, before we can go to work we need to find the archives of the White Fathers (Pères Blancs).  But the main problem is that no one...

May 18, 2017

Blog 3: On the ground and watching out for snakes

The trip to Lusaka was quite uneventful.  Going through customs I remembered how people line up here—they don’t—they just push.  I call it the ooze, once you have mastered it you just forget about politeness.  It is iron...

May 9, 2017

Muslim Does Philly Security

3 AM and the journey begins.  The kids, Guy and Shyanne, had been working until midnight and I got them up at 2:30 AM to come with me to the airport.  I drove and Guy drove back home.

Of course, I couldn’t sleep that night either.  So, I...

April 17, 2017

On May 3, 2017, my colleagues, Cymone Fourshey and Rhonda Gonzales, and I will leave for a seven week research trip to Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  The National Endowment for the Humanities is funding our study of the Bantu Matrilineal Belt which s...

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