- "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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Category Archives: Tete
(Story began here and continued here. This is the final part.) The hotel by the bridge, owned by one of the Hassam brothers, had one of the few swimming pools in Tete. It was called Paraíso Misterioso—Mystery Paradise—and I can’t … Continue reading
(Story began here.) I was in Tete city, the provincial capital. I had just been in a remote village for a week and a half, where I’d come across the ruins of a general store. Decades ago, before two wars … 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
(Story began here and continued here. This is the final part.) Twenty years on, Jake recalled his epic moments in all their mundane detail. The number of teens from western Tete picked to go to East Germany. The number of groups … Continue reading