The Lost White Tribe: Explorers, Scientists, and the Theory that Changed a Continent by Michael F. Robinson
Requirements: .PDF reader, 15.3MB
Overview: In 1876, in a mountainous region to the west of Lake Victoria, Africa–what is today Ruwenzori Mountains National Park in Uganda–the famed explorer Henry Morton Stanley encountered Africans with what he was convinced were light complexions and European features. Stanley’s discovery of this African "white tribe" haunted him and seemed to substantiate the so-called Hamitic Hypothesis: the theory that the descendants of Ham, the son of Noah, had populated Africa and other remote places, proving that the source and spread of human races around the world could be traced to and explained by a Biblical story.
In The Lost White Tribe, Michael Robinson traces the rise and fall of the Hamitic Hypothesis. In addition to recounting Stanley’s "discovery," Robinson shows how it influenced encounters with the Ainu in Japan; Vilhjalmur Stefansson’s tribe of "blond Eskimos" in the Arctic; and the "white Indians" of Panama. As Robinson shows, race theory stemming originally from the Bible only not only guided exploration but archeology, including Charles Mauch’s discovery of the Grand Zimbabwe site in 1872, and literature, such as H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines, whose publication launched an entire literary subgenre ded icated to white tribes in remote places. The Hamitic Hypothesis would shape the theories of Carl Jung and guide psychological and anthropological notions of the primitive.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest (American Music)
Continue reading “Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest (American Music)”