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Title:Settlement Pattern and Domiciles of the Hambukshu of Ngamiland
Author:Larson, Thomas J.ISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of Ethnology
Geographic term:Botswana
settlement patterns
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
Abstract:In 1950, the author carried out field research in Hambukushu communities along the Okavango River in Ngamiland, Botswana. He revisited the same communities in 1987, and in this article he describes the changes in settlement pattern and housebuilding that he observed. In 1950, he identified six types of houses and shelters, ranging from the 'thitangure', small sleeping huts for children, to the more standard 'ndhugho', rectangular dwelling huts. During subsequent vistis between 1972 and 1987 he observed a shift to the 'ndunda', cylindrical huts with a conical thatched roof, and an increase in infrastructural facilities, including a police station, a post office, and a primary school. Bibliogr., sum. in Afrikaans and English.