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n Historia - Oral traditions as heritage : the historiography of oral historical research on the Shona communities of Zimbabwe : some methodological concerns

Volume 47, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X
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Abstract

<b>Mondelinge tradisie as erfenis : die historiografie van mondelinge navorsing en die Shonagemeenskappe van Zimbabwe : sommige metodologiese aspekte</b> <br>In hierdie bydrae word die belangrikheid van mondelinge oorlewering as erfenis, wat bewaar behoort te word, spesifiek met betrekking tot die Shona in Zimbabwe aangetoon. Die uitgangspunt is historiografies deur na te gaan hoe mondelinge oorlewering deur verskillende persone versamel is, wat die redes vir versameling was sowel as die verskillende interpretasies daarvan deur opeenvolgende navorsers was. Teen hierdie agtergrond doen die artikel sekere metodologiese oplossings aan die hand.

This paper seeks to demonstrate the value of oral traditions as heritage that needs to be preserved paying particular attention to the traditions concerning the Shona people of Zimbabwe. It adopts a historiographical approach, which attempts to examine the way the traditions have been collected by various people and the reasons for collecting them as well as the various interpretations that they have been given by successive generations of scholars. It is on the strength of this background that the article suggests some methodological solutions.

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