ISBN 9789987521425
Pages 264
Dimensions 274mm x 210mm
Illustrations Colour Photographs
Published 2010
Publisher E & D Ltd., Tanzania
Format Paperback

The Ways of the Tribe

A cultural journey across north-eastern Tanzania

by Gervase Tatah Mlola

The Ways of the Tribe explores the diverse tribal cultures of Tanzania and examines how they contribute towards modern identity and national development.

The book covers the tribes of north-eastern Tanzania scattered in the four regions of Tanga, Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Manyara. These regions form a vast area of the country, extending from the northern coast of Tanzania to the plains of Serengeti near Lake Victoria, stretching out from the slopes of the northern volcanoes to the floor of the Great Rift Valley. They contain the well-known landmarks of Mounts Kilimanjaro and Meru, the crater highlands of Ngorongoro and the ancient Eastern Arc Mountains of Usambara. This is also the location of the active volcano, Oldonyo Lengai, the extensive Maasai Steppes and the alkaline lakes of Manyara, Eyasi and Natron. About twenty tribal cultures have evolved in this part of the country, each with its unique language, mode of life and folklore.

The Ways of the Tribe is written for those who are interested in the interplay between the beauty of the land and the beauty of its people. And it is also written for native dwellers, whose culture has been inextricably linked to this magnificent area since the time of their ancestors. The Ways of the Tribe explores the indigenous tribes in the area and draws from them a cornucopia of African traditions, philosophies and humour in a manner that calls for a renaissance of African identity. The tribes are described in separate chapters, each of which divides into the same five headings covering tribal origins, history, community life, customs and national development.

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"The Ways of the Tribe is a well-presented and important reference work that will have widespread appeal. For students and scholars it is a valuable historical chronicle and present-day commentary on the tribes under discussion. The book should give Tanzanians a greater appreciation of their diverse and lively heritage. Tourists planning a visit to the region that is home to many world-famous destinations will greatly benefit from understanding the peoples they may encounter on their holidays. And finally for the general reader, this lively reference work is a wonderful way to begin exploring the people, places and cultures of this fascinating part of Africa."

About the Author

Gervase Tatah Mlola

Tatah manages the office in Arusha, Tanzania. He is Tanzanian raised on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, and has been residing in the Maasai District of Monduli for the past fifteen years. After the inception of cultural tourism programme in Tanzania in 1996, he coordinated cultural activities for about five years in the villages of Mto wa Mbu, beside the highway to the famous game sanctuaries of Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Within this time, he was elected onto the executive committee of Tanzania Association of Cultural Tourism Organizers, with a portfolio of information and public relations. From this experience, Tatah acquired profound skills to develop People to People Safaris. This experience has been enhanced by the background of his profession as a history tutor and travel journalist. Tatah has recently completed a book on the tribal cultures of northern Tanzania.

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