Fishing is one of the most ancient forms of hunting and has spawned an astonishing variety of innovative methods and equipment used to outwit and catch fishes and other aquatic animals. Traditional fishing methods of Africa addresses a much neglected but very important part of Africa’s technological heritage: its indigenous fishing technologies.
These ancient technologies, developed and used over a period of 10 000 years, are still in use in rural Africa today to harvest aquatic resources in a sustainable way. This has ignited renewed interest in their potential to encourage long-term and sustainable use of fish stocks. Brilliantly illustrated and clearly written, this book serves as a perfect introduction to a fascinating topic that will enhance your appreciation of indigenous knowledge systems in Africa.
About the author
Mike Bruton studied zoology and social anthropology at Rhodes University and has had a lifelong interest in indigenous knowledge systems. He took a keen interest in the traditional fishing methods of the rural people of Zululand, Mozambique and Botswana while conducting research on fishes there. He has made extensive collections of traditional fishing gear and has continued to pursue this interest during his further travels in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. He was also instrumental in establishing an Angling Museum in Knysna that includes traditional fishing gear.
About the series Indigenous Knowledge Library
The breadth and scale of African indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) has been frustratingly difficult for learners and teachers to research, despite the emphasis placed on IKS in the curriculum. Cambridge’s Indigenous Knowledge Library series offers a wealth of readily available, exciting and accessible material as a resource for high school learners and teachers for researching this invaluable aspect of our heritage. Written by authorities in their fields, the series reveals the relevance and richness of African indigenous knowledge across a range of topics. The books are filled with full-colour illustrations, information boxes and activities. Helpful extras include a glossary, an index and a list of resources that will simplify the process of discovery and enhance the enjoyment of learners and teachers as they delve into their African past.
Other titles in the Indigenous Knowledge Library include: Astronomy of Timbuktu Great South African inventions, Indigenous mining and metallurgy in Africa, Traditionally useful plants of Africa, The archaeological heritage of Africa, Fossils for Africa.