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    Edward I. Steinhart(Author)

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For centuries, Kenya's game-laden plains and forests were the rewarding hunting grounds of her native African population. Black Poachers, White Hunters traces the history of hunting there in the colonial era, describing the British attempt to impose the practices and values of nineteenth-century European aristocratic hunts. This both created and enforced an image of African inferiority and subordination. Ultimately conservationists came to claim sovereignty over African wildlife, completing the transformation of indigenous hunters into criminal poachers and seeking to eliminate them altogether from the"sportsman's paradise" of Kenya. About the author - Edward I. Steinhart is an associate professor of history at Texas Tech University, Lubbock.

This readable book deserves attention both from Kenya's political historians and from the growing company of scholars exploring the problematic origins of conservationism. --Derek R. Peterson in JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORYThe protracted struggle for control over African wildlife parallels the ongoing struggle over land, which has been far more thoroughly chronicled. This exciting, accessible and challenging book is a timely addition to the literature. ...Kenya today is rife with talk of who 'owns' wildlife and who has the right to manage and hunt it (let alone shoot poachers), within a broader context of debates over national heritage and the future of national parks. This book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to enter the fray, by first arming themselves with the historical facts. --Lotte Hughes in AFRICAN AFFAIRS --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Edward I. Steinhart(Author)
  • Ohio University Press (1 Nov. 2005)
  • English
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  • By Dr S S Nagi (NYROBE) on 1 January 2008

    In May 1997,hunting of wildlife was banned in Kenya. There were 3 kinds of hunting: (1)Hunting by african natives before and during colonial era, (2) Hunting by white visitors and settlers (3) Hunting by game keepers and conservationists.Most hunters were men(black or white). Hunting was for (1) food (2) sport (3)trophies (4) clothing (5)medicine (6) rituals (7) trade (8) social reasons,passage to manhood (masai and samburu)(9)revenge (killing when cattle taken)By 1900 ,elephant hunting parties were common, deep into the interior. In 1920's and 1930's, the Kamba tribe became " silent dark companions" in the great african safaris.Then came the "big game hunters", "the pioneer hunters","ivory hunters",the "explorers"(Thomson, Lugard,Jackson,Patterson),"police"(Robert Foran).and "soldiers"(Meinertzhagen).Some had attitude"SHOOT everything,in case it is valuable". The "settler hunters" were to follow(1903 to 1939).They were Lord Delamere, Danys Finch Hatton, Ewart Grogan(who flogged his servants in Nairobi, hated asians)."Safari hunters" followed, with help from Kamba. T Roosvelt bagged 76 different species including 512 animals."Champagne and Royal Safaris" followed.Cameras were used in safaris and then motor cars(1920) and planes (1930).Mervyn Cowie, in 1946, helped to make Nairobi National Park, as a first Park. Coming of the war did not stop hunting. In 1948, Tsavo National Park was formed. The antipoaching campainwas slowed in 1950's, due to Mau Mau hunting. The days of Waata and Kamba hunters and those of Game Hunters were coming to an END.This is an excellent, thorough, fully researched book of 245 pages. There is a good Map on page 8 and also 4 B/W photos in the book. The book has small print. The last chapter explains 'who owns the wild animals' and what has happened to Kenya and its wildlife since independence in 1963.Read and ENJOY.

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