The Soapstone Birds of Great Zimbabwe

Symbols of a Nation

Edward Matenga

 

Synopsis

Beautifully produced and illustrated, this study of the Zimbabwean birds is more than a description or history of the eight soapstone carvings found at the Great Zimbabwe historical site. It offers an insight into an aspect of the cultural heritage of Zimbabwe and an interpretation of the important site of Great Zimbabwe from which it is inherited. The story of the birds is used to explore themes in Zimbabwean historiography.

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Author

Dr Edward Matenga is a heritage specialist with a career and academic background in heritage, archaeology, history and African literature.