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A recently published book ... incl. the fairly unknown Mr. Makawa

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Old Monday 28th August 2017, 09:57   #1
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A recently published book ... incl. the fairly unknown Mr. Makawa

Following the footsteps of Constantine "Con" Benson I noticed the recently published book Birders of Africa: History of a Network, by Nancy J. Jacobs (2016), that apparently have a chapter called The Honor of Collecting that:
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... presents the life of Jali Makawa, a celebrated collector whose grounding in the world of vernacular birding appears to have mitigated his experience of exclusion. He first met birds as a boy in rural Mozambique and Malawi, and as a young man demonstrated an exceptional interest and knowledge of them. ...
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He´s not "one of my guys" (i.e. not commemorated in any Swedish Common Bird name), but as today's HBW Alive Key has the following entry:
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makawa / makawai
Jali Makawa (fl. 1965) Malawian hunter, taxidermist, collector for C. W. Benson ...
... I simply thought it was worth mentioning, for anyone interested, as I happened to notice that this book have been published.

Maybe this book gives us a better view of who this fairly unknown man was (and maybe even his full years, birth and death), who knows?

Either way; enjoy!

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May also helpful for this thread in case there is still the intention to write this book.
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Many thanks for pointing out this interesting book for the bird historian. I have ordered Nancy Jacobs 2016, and will also get another Yale Uni title: "Where Song Began: Australia's Birds and How They Changed the World", Tim Low 2016.
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Jali Makawa [? -1995]: Jali was at first hired as a kitchen-boy but his exceptional skills with birds were soon noticed and put to good use.
The Birds of Malawi: An Atlas and Handbook.
There is an obituary by Michael P. S. Irwin in the 1996 volume of The Honeyguide (42. 3).
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Here a picture of Jali Makawa and here born around 1914. Another source here Rober J. Dowsett, Jali Makawa - A Profile, Zambia Museums Journal 4, 1973, p. 39-42.

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Same book, same links as in Martin's Posts in #5, but different views, here or here.
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"The image is of Jali Makawa, a Mozambican-Malawian-Zambian who was perhaps the most-celebrated scientific assistant of colonial Africa ..."
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Born in northern Mozambique around 1914 ...
Nancy C. Jacobs, 2016
Apparently a man beyound political borders!
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