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Title:Factional Competition, Sociopolitical Development, and Settlement Cycling in Ilare District (ca. 1200-1900): Oral Traditions of Historical Experience in a Yoruba Community
Author:Ogundiran, Akinwumi O.
Periodical:History in Africa
Geographic term:Nigeria
ethnic groups
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Education and Oral Traditions
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3172215
Abstract:This paper examines the sociopolitical development and settlement history of lr, a Yoruba community which was the nucleus of an early sociopolitical formation in jsland, in southwest Nigeria. This formation, known as ka sun, dominated the area between the 13th and 16th centuries. The sociopolitical history of lr is characterized by episodes of settlement cycling, i.e. fluctuations in the location of the community. Oral traditions stress intersocietal conflict and intergroup alliance as important factors in the early sociopolitical transformations in jsland. They also indicate how factional competitions resulted in the continuous shift in the settlement of lr within an area of about eight kilometres in diameter. The paper outlines the historical trajectories of events leading to the shift of lr from the political centre to the political periphery of northern jsland. It is based on narratives collected in 1991-1992 and 1997, as well as archaeological evidence. Notes, ref.