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Title:An introduction to Tswana architecture
Author:Frescura, F.
Periodical:South African Journal of Culture and Art History
Geographic term:South Africa
Abstract:Over the years, Tswana architecture has been well documented in the works of both 19th-century travellers and present-day archaeologists. However, many of these documents tell more about the author's ideology than about Tswana architecture. This paper discusses the vernacular architecture of the Tswana by bringing together the historical sources and presenting them as architectural accounts unencumbered by colonial ideology and jargon. It pays attention to the common verandah structure, temporary shelter, beehive, stilt and arboreal dwelling construction in the period before 1820, during the Difaqane (1822-1837), during the colonial era, and in the contemporary period. The paper also analyses the nature and structuring of the individual homestead and the larger settlement pattern in the context of various concepts having current usage in rural Tswana society: the concepts of 'left and right' and 'front and back', and the concept of the bilobial homestead. Ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans.