Book

Ubena of the Rivers

G. Allen & Unwin, Ltd.London • Published In 1935 • Pages:

By: Culwick, A. T. (Arthur Theodore), Culwick, G. M., Mrs., Kiwanga, Towegale.

Abstract
This is a rich ethnography and history of the Ulanga Valley Bena, covering a variety of subjects, including religion, customary law, property, agricultural production, mutual aid, bride wealth, family and kin relationships, clan system, and medicine men. Most of the material was gathered by indigenous researchers and is written in a clear matter-of-fact style. The Bena first migrated into the highlands of southern Iringa Region (Njombe District) in early 1800s. In the 1860s some groups migrated down into the river lands of southwestern Morogoro Region. The ethnographic study focuses exclusively on the 'Ubena of the Rivers' in Ulanga and Kilombero Districts, Morogoro Region (see map facing page 152.) Although the oral history refers to royal clans and houses, according to Swartz, the Bena had political entities no larger than a few villages and therefore had a tribal organization. The British appointed a paramount chief in the 1926.
Subjects
Traditional history
Art
Marriage
Family
Kinship
Informal in-group justice
Territorial hierarchy
War
Sickness
Reproduction
culture
Bena
HRAF PubDate
2003
Region
Africa
Sub Region
Eastern Africa
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Creator Type
Ethnologist
Document Rating
4: Excellent Secondary Data
5: Excellent Primary Data
Analyst
Ian Skoggard ; 2002
Coverage Date
1928-1933
Coverage Place
Ulanga and Kilombero Districts, Morogoro Region, Tanzania
Notes
by A. T. and G. M. Culwick; with a chapter by Mtema Towegale Kiwanga, and an introduction by Dr. L. H. Dudley Buxton
LCCN
36019581
LCSH
Bena (African people)