"Everyday Life in Old Botswana" presents for the first time selected photographs Prof. Schapera took during his research in the 1930s. Schapera's pictures cover a wide range of daily work such as potmaking, thatching, treshing and cattle herding. Traditional medicine, rainmaking ceremonies and political meetings at the Kgotla are other well illustrated topics. In addition the book includes pictures taken by Rev. Reyneke of the boys' initiation during the same period. Essays on the historical background conclude the edition. The selection of the photographs is supervised by Prof. Schapera. Thus the book stands as an authentic addition to his well established and highly acclaimed work on Botswana.
A joint publication with the Botswana Society, the National Museum, Monuments and Art Gallery, Botswana, and the Royal Anthropological Institute (London).
Isaac Schapera was born in 1905 in South Africa and educated at South African College School in Cape Town and at the Universities of Cape Town and London. Since 1969 he has been Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. Between the years 1929 and 1950 he participated in many anthropological field expeditions to Bechuanaland Protectorate (Botswana).
He was Chairman of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the British Commonwealth from 1954 to 1958 and President of the Royal Anthropological Institute from 1961 to 1963. He has published many books about African societies and has edited the journals and letters of David Livingstone in six volumes.