Author Archives: Terese Hart

ITURI STORY. Wakati wa Vita – Part 9

John and Rebekah in the forest. Rebekah almost 6 months old. The hunting net strung behind them. After more than two years in Epulu, we still started each morning with a face wash at the river. For a few minutes the morning was just the river: the cool feel of it against our faces, its […]

ITURI STORY. Crossing the Forest – Part 8

Sarah and Musilianji in the forest near Palais before her Elima. The rains started early in 1982. They were daily and they were heavy. In the village, for some women, the rains were a time of minimal work. Long afternoons with only sombe to pound. For others, like Azama, without a husband, with a lazy […]

ITURI STORY. Dead and Preserved — Part 7

Musilianji, second in line, as Elima dances through town. A short obituary for Patrick Putnam appeared in the Explorers Journal in 1954, a year after his death. (winter/spring edition, Explorer’s Club, NY). James Chapin, the author, had introduced Patrick to the all-male and smoky New York Explorer’s clubroom in 1929. Who then could have foreseen […]

ITURI STORY. Putnam’s Palais – Part 6

Sarah and friends “read” by our new Palais home. Sarah looking at her friend, Kole. The first days at our new home (parcelle) were sheer delight for Sarah and Basisionoko. He spent more time at the door of his kitchen laughing with the children than tending his beans. By contrast, the Station with its military […]