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Title:Feedback as a 'Problem' in Oral History: An Example from Bonde
Author:Willis, JustinISNI
Periodical:History in Africa
Geographic term:Tanzania
oral history
Education and Oral Traditions
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3171980
Abstract:It has been suggested that feedback from written sources is a process of contamination which has affected oral history all over the African continent. Some aspects of the oral history of Bonde, the area around the town of Muheza in northeast Tanzania, would seem to present a counterexample to this thesis. Oral histories of at least two important 19th-century events in this area are at variance with fairly widely available published sources. These events are the end of Kilindi rule in Bonde in the late 1860s and the establishment of the first mission station of the Universities' Mission to Central Africa (UMCA) in Bonde at the end of the 1860s. The author collected oral histories in Bonde in 1990-1991 and shows that they stand in some respects in clear contradiction to the generally current written accounts of history. Notes, ref.