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The Mobile WorkshopThe Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production$
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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262535021

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262535021.001.0001

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Introducing Mhesvi and Ruzivo Rwemhesvi

Introducing Mhesvi and Ruzivo Rwemhesvi

(p.1) Introducing Mhesvi and Ruzivo Rwemhesvi
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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. It begins with a discussion of the term mhesvi, the name that vedzimbahwe—the people associated with the zimbabwe (stone building) culture from which the name Zimbabwe came—gave to the insect that Setswana speakers (vedzimbahwe's neighbors to the west) called tsetse. After encountering the insect for the first time and being told its name, white travelers then publicized tsetse fly as the official name of the insect. The chapter then sets out the book's purpose, which is to position mhesvi in such a way that the trajectory of knowledge production concerning it can be recovered.

Keywords:   mhesvi, tsetse fly, Zimbabwe, knowledge production, insect

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