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Title:My Roots and Their Importance in Understanding Abagusii History
Author:Kiriama, Herman O.
Year:1986
Periodical:Transafrican Journal of History
Volume:15
Pages:191-201
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:Gusii
genealogy
Urbanization and Migration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24328614
Abstract:Using his own family as an example, the author shows how a synthesis of a single family tree can help to understand the general history of a society. The genealogy, which extends from 1638 up to 1983, indicates that by the early years of the 17th century, the Abagusii (descendants of Mogusii) had not yet moved from their cradleland somewhere in northern/southern Uganda. They were part of a large congregation of people who were later to separate and become distinct groups. Within the spell of one century, they had migrated to their present homeland in western Kenya. The author examines how the Abagusii moved from their cradleland and under whose leadership, as well as the relationship between different groups of Abagusii. Bibliogr., ref.
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