- "The Tio never developed a monumental architecture, not because they were not able to, but because they were not interested." –Jan Vansina
Generous support for the research that allowed me to write Hotel Universo has come from the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and a Fulbright Program grant sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Dept. of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. But, of course, all content on this website is produced by me and is my sole responsibility, and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of any sponsoring institutions.
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Monthly Archives: September 2010
“The East is a career,” wrote Disraeli of the work of imperialism. “Career” in Portuguese is carreira, and for centuries the carreira also meant the journey east: six or seven months in a cramped ship from Lisbon around Africa to … Continue reading
Every school kid in Mozambique knows that at 9 p.m. on Sept. 25, 1964, Alberto Chipande fired the opening salvo in Frelimo’s armed struggle against colonial rule. Or did he? Another war hero (and a fellow general in Frelimo’s inner … Continue reading
As one reader noted, a number of the houses that can be seen in the photos of Chirodzi-Sanangwe look impressively put together. I didn’t even show you a full shot of the two-story hut that the local police chief built … Continue reading
I don’t think that in the posts on Chirodzi–Sanangwe I’ve given you an adequate sense of what it looks like. After the jump there’s a gallery of images from 2008 and 2009, with captions for the people I interviewed.
If the residents of Chirodzi-Sanangwe are relocated to make way for a dam, it will not be the first time everyone has had to pick up and go. During the 1980s, people frequently had to flee into the mountains for … Continue reading
This photo of Rosa Candla’s wedding day celebration is great in itself (even if the photo of the photo is not), but for those of you who have been reading about Coca-Cola’s special place in the histories of Mozambique and … Continue reading