An investigation of environmental knowledge among two rural black communities in Natal

Mtshali, Cynthia Sibongiseni (1995) An investigation of environmental knowledge among two rural black communities in Natal. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Abstract

This study elicits and documents knowledge of the natural environment amongst two rural Black communities in Natal namely, the districts of Maphumulo and Ingwavuma.Twenty members of these communities who are older than 60 years of age were interviewed, as older people are considered by the researcher to be important repositories of environmental knowledge. This study records a variety of animals hunted in these communities and discusses various activities associated with this activity. It examines the gathering and the use of wild edible plants like fruits and spinach, and of wild plants alleged to have medicinal value. It reviews indigenous knowledge related to custom beliefs and prohibitions as well as traditional laws associated .with animals and trees. It also considers how this knowledge can contribute towards the development of Environmental Education in South Africa. The data was deduced from the responses elicited from semi-structured interviews. The data was analyzed qualitatively.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Zulu, Environmental education, Kwazulu, Edible plants, Medicinal, Folklore
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Supervisors:Irwin, Pat
ID Code:3803
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:24 Oct 2012 09:34
Last Modified:24 Oct 2012 09:34
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