Uganda and Its Peoples; Notes on the Protectorate of Uganda, Especially the Anthropology and Ethnology of Its Indigenous Races


Uganda and Its Peoples is a detailed survey of the native peoples of the Uganda Protectorate, as understood by early 20th-century ethnography and anthropology. The book is organized in nine chapters, each of which is devoted to one of the main ethnic and tribal groups: Bahima, Banyoro, Batoro, Banabuddu, Sese Islanders, Bakoki, Basoga, Bavuma, and Baganda. Topics covered include marriage ceremonies, birth ceremonies, diet, death ceremonies, beliefs and superstitions, history, law, systems of weights and measures, folklore, customs and traditions, and economic activities. Included are portraits of the kings of the different tribes and more than 200 other photographs depicting noteworthy places, people from different walks of life, and images of people in the major ethnic groups. A map shows the localities inhabited by the peoples discussed in the book, from the northern border with Sudan at approximately 5° north to the southern border with German East Africa. The author, James Frederick Cunningham, previously had assisted British explorer and colonial official Sir Henry Hamilton (Harry) Johnston (1858–1927) with the preparation of his monumental The Uganda Protectorate, published in 1902, and Cunningham’s book includes an appreciative preface by Johnston.

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Hutchinson & Company, London


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xxix, 370 pages : color frontispiece, illustrations, portraits, maps ; 26 centimeters


  • From Ndejje University Library. Digitized at the National Library of Uganda with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York

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