Beatrix Heintze: Alfred Schachtzabels Reise nach Angola 1913–1914 und seine Sammlungen für das Museum für Völkerkunde in Berlin [PDF]


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Rekonstruktion einer ethnographischen Quelle
Afrika-Archiv Volume 1

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378 pp.
2 folding maps, 12 maps, 174 b/w photos, numerous drawings

Text language: German

Alfred Schachtzabel’s expedition to Central Angola during the years 1913–1914 was aimed above all at collecting ethnographic books and studies for the Berliner Völkerkundemuseum (Berlin’s Museum of Ethnology, Germany). Unfortunately, more than three fourth of his material objects and records got lost during World Wars I and II. Until now, the results of his research have been published in popularized form only.

This book’s “integrated source edition” takes up the ethnographical and geographical parts of the expedition report published by Schachtzabel and adds a scientific treatment of all original sources available which have not been published hitherto and seem relevant in this context. These include additional anthropological and linguistic information and above all a catalogue of Schachtzabel’s collection in Berlin, containing photographs of the objects if they were available.

Schachtzabel’s objects being documented in their scholarly context are thus also accessible to Angolans (even though only in German for the time being), these collections, photographs and records of the expedition being part of their cultural heritage.

Under these links you will find publications of the author and further ethnographical reconstructions and catalogues:

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