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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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Starving the Fly

Starving the Fly

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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

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This chapter focuses on the deployment of huntsmen called magocha to eliminate mhuka, the primary bloodmeal source of mhesvi, and thus starve it. It opens with an interview with one such magocha. These huntsmen were known in society as magocha (the ones who are always roasting meat) due to the massive amounts of meat at their disposal. Next, it examines the relationship between magocha and the white tsetse field officers (TFOs) who supervised them and the work of indiscriminate and discriminate hunting. Because many technical aspects of the hunting itself have already been discussed elsewhere, the chapter instead focuses on the perspectives of vatema covered only thinly or not covered in the earlier work.

Keywords:   huntsmen, magocha, tsetse fly, mhuka, mhesvi, tsetse field officers, vatema

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