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Published: 23 April 2021
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
... ChroniCles of the Barawa Marah To the descendants of Tina Komé Marah and Sanfan Aisetta Mansaray kile ka ma faga that the path not die Being- in- Time Chances are that I may never return to the village that figured so centrally in my life, my thinking, and my dreams for almost fifty years...
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021384-043
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
... Bambett Seven, 129 Bandakarafaia, 73 76 Bangladeshis, Kabala election of 2003 and, 125 27, 129 30 Barawa, 3, 24, 42, 142; Albitaiya and, 37 38; British and, 34 35, 69; chiefs and chieftaincy, 30 31, 61, 66, 68 70; in de pen dence and dependence of, 34 35; Laing and, 34; Abdul Marah on, 64; Balansama Marah...
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By Michael Jackson
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021384-014
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
... villages throughout Barawa were there, as well as del e ga tions from neighboring chiefdoms. It soon became clear, how- ever, that the reception was not for us. The message I had sent four days be- fore, announcing our arrival, had been garbled, leading people to expect S. B., now minister of energy...
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021384-010
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
... narrative, with every ele ment given its logical place in a foreordained sequence. This coherence masks the fact that the story s original context of use has been lost, and that every story is a retrospective collocation of disconnected ele ments. That my chronicles of the Barawa Marah are, in these ways...
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By Michael Jackson
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021384-005
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
...Albitaiya An im mense granite inselberg, known as Albitaiya ( Under the Protection of Allah) overshadows the town of Kabala, and on my return from Firawa I began, with Noah s help, to understand the significance of this place for the people of Barawa, and add another chapter to my chronicle...
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021384-004
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
... as a token of the Barawa people s desire for friendship. To further demonstrate his eagerness to establish com- merce between the interior and the coast, Balansama sent some of his en- tourage to Kolakonké to declare the road now open, allowing Sankaran and Kuranko gold, cloth, camwood, and ivory...
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By Michael Jackson
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021384-009
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
.... Having discovered why the people of Barawa were living in and around Kabala, District Commissioner Warren ordered their return home. He had toured the country, he told Chief Belikoro, and found it exceedingly rich in palm Tina Komé 59 kernels. Kuranko would remember Warensi for the cases of champagne he...
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By Michael Jackson
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021384-003
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
... and in- competence came to a head one morning, when Noah arranged for me to meet a group of elders who would help me understand the origins of the Marah hegemony in Barawa. Interpreting my questions and the elders re- sponses to them, Noah gave me a thumbnail sketch of what anthropologists would call the Kuranko...
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By Michael Jackson
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021384-001
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
...ChroniCles of the Barawa Marah To the descendants of Tina Komé Marah and Sanfan Aisetta Mansaray kile ka ma faga that the path not die Being- in- Time Chances are that I may never return to the village that figured so centrally in my life, my thinking, and my dreams for almost fifty years. It isn t...
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By Michael Jackson
Published: 23 April 2021
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
... perspectives for the diff er ent insights they yield, though it is impor tant to deploy them successively (juxtaposing them) rather than Preamble 3 si mul ta neously (conflating them). When I wrote my ethnographic novel, Barawa, almost forty years ago, I made the mistake of mixing the factual...
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By Michael Jackson
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021384-020
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
... connections with the past had been annulled. An- cestry had little value. Barawa did not exist for him. Genealogical time had come to a standstill. For phenomenologists, one s own world is inextricably connected with the world of one s contemporaries and consociates, as well as genealogical Endings 143...
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021384-015
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
... in good stead, because wherever I go I can speak the local language fluently. Tina Komé retired in 1942 after the death of his beloved brother, Tina Kaima, whom he had always called Daddy. For many years, Kaima had worked as speaker under the Barawa chiefs, Belikoro, Teneba Sewa, and Pore Bolo, so Tina...
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021384-006
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
..., or discuss intriguing parallels be- tween the feuds and factions of thirteenth- century Iceland and nineteenth- century Barawa. I must surely have also shared with Pauline my fascination with a recur- ring motif in the ancestral lore (kuma kore, lit. old words) that Noah was helping me transcribe. Despite...
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By Michael Jackson
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021384-041
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
..., affording an opening for the recon- struction of their identity. I like to think of Gil O Docherty s marquetry boxes, the chronicles of the Barawa Marah, and my own prose narratives as ways in which the past is re imagined in order to make it bearable, and former lives re- membered so that new lives may...
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By Michael Jackson
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021384-042
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
..., 1. 2 J. M. Coetzee and Arabella Kurtz, The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy (New York: Viking, 2015), 137; Pablo Neruda, Memoirs, trans. Hardie St. Martin (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1977), 1. 3 Michael Jackson, Barawa, and the Ways Birds Fly in the Sky (Washington...
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By Michael Jackson
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021384-011
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
... of the Islamic high God (Altala or Allah) provided heterogeneous Kuranko polities with a unifying symbol, even as rulers remained stub- bornly agnostic. In any case, even military might, protective fetishes, and a command over lightning and thunder were not enough to guarantee the dominance of the Barawa Marah...
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021384-017
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
... the power ful and the powerless. Although I had agreed to write S. B. s biography, I had cautioned him against expecting a hagiography. My interest lay in how his po liti cal fortunes and misfortunes echoed the life and times of his father and how their per- sonal stories implicated the history of Barawa...
Published: 23 April 2021
DOI: 10.1215/9781478021384-019
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2138-4
... biyen ( money would not leave its black hand behind3 I was also struck by the tension between diff er ent modes of conceptu- alizing power. Though S. B. s authority derived from both his po liti cal and hereditary positions as leader of the House of Parliament and scion of the ruling house of Barawa he...