Hardback (21,5 x 30,5 cm),
581 pages (with extensive colour and greyscale illustration):
A fragmentary history of the Dghwede of the Mandara Mountains
A history from the grassroots
Mandaras Publishing 2021
Ramsgate, Kent (UK)
The bulk of this massive tome, generously illustrated (maps, figures, tables, plates), presents what is known of Dghwede culture in twenty-three varied chapters ranging from the material to the ideational, with emphasis on kinship and ritual. Oral traditions — the main legacy of the Gwoza hills montagnards — are at their core and are subjected to critical analysis. A labour of love and fine scholarship, this is the first extended ethnographic account from this region and will be warmly welcomed by specialists for its broad coverage and inferences and, a generation hence, by Dghwede descendants eager to explore their cultural heritage. All readers will gain a heightened appreciation of the multiple uncertainties with which ethnographers must wrestle.
(see blurb by Nic David)