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Negotiating identity and heritage through authorised vernacular history, Limpopo National Park
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9248-5516
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
Appalachian State Univ, Dept Sustainable Dev, Boone, NC 28608 USA.
2017 (English)In: Journal of social archaeology, ISSN 1469-6053, E-ISSN 1741-2951, Vol. 7, no 1, 49-68 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this paper, we assess vernacular history, traditional authority and the use of heritage places as mediums for negotiating ancestry, identity, territory and belonging based on conversations, interviews and visitations to heritage places together with residents in Limpopo National Park. We explore how particular vernacular histories become dominant village history through the authorisation of traditional leaders and their lineage histories and how traditional leaders use heritage places to mediate narratives. Authorised vernacular histories are narratives about mobility and identity, but they are also localised narratives about ‘home’ in terms of access to resources and heritage places. We discuss how lineage histories and traditional authority are mobilised or questioned in the context of the ongoing displacement of local residents through resettlement programmes and make comparisons with the historical experiences of evictions in the neighbouring Kruger and Gonarezhou National Parks. We emphasise the need for residents to remain connected to and in control of heritage places; otherwise, the linkages between these places, ancestral authority, and present-day authority risk being severed.

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Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 7, no 1, 49-68 p.
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Mozambique, landscape, identity, conservation, history, heritage
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History and Archaeology
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-317536DOI: 10.1177/1469605316688153ISI: 000394791800003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-317536DiVA: diva2:1082133
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Landscape transformations and socio-ecological management in Limpopo National Park, Mozambique:
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-03-15 Created: 2017-03-15 Last updated: 2017-04-25Bibliographically approved

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