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Title:Hunters, Poachers and Gamekeepers: Towards a Social History of Hunting in Colonial Kenya
Author:Steinhart, Edward I.
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic terms:Kenya
Great Britain
History and Exploration
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/183067
Abstract:This paper examines the interactions between African and white hunters in colonial Kenya in an effort to understand the nature of the confrontation between the competing cultural traditions of hunting under colonial conditions. It examines African hunting in eastern Kenya among residents of Kwale, Kitui and Meru districts from oral and archival materials, arguing that the place of subsistence hunting in the economy of African farmers has been systematically denigrated in the colonial literature. Next, the various representatives of the European hunting tradition are surveyed: sportsmen, travellers, settlers, and professionals. The history of the game and national park departments, which administered the hunting laws and were charged with the preservation of wildlife, is then described. At the end of the colonial era, with the emergence of a new sensibility to conservation, Kenya's gamekeepers engaged in a major, successful antipoaching campaign in eastern Kenya's Tsavo Park. This was the climatic confrontation between the two cultures in their contest for control over Kenya's wildlife resources. Notes, ref.