Author Archives: Terese Hart

History and Maimai west of the Lomami

Children 16 and under are half the population of Balanga West; but elders, though rare, define the community. (Here Leon with Balanga West telephone-admirers) A Balanga genealogy sounds like a litany from Old Testament Genesis or First Chronicles: The first ancestor of the village of Kandolo was Likulufe. Likulufe begat a first son Kandolo who […]

Delcommune: Colonial Champion of the Lomami

In 1889, Delcommune killed these hippos on the Lomami just south of the rapids we call Badinga and he called Lissambo. Early European travelers on the Lomami fed their troops by killing hippos and elephants.  The Lomami’s first advocate was the 19th century businessman, Alexandre Delcommune. He was more than an entrepreneur – he was […]

Eight Months in the Forest Canopy

To be exact: Eight months spent watching a single forked branch, 17 meters (56 feet) above the ground in the Congo’s Lomami National Park. The aerial roots is usually all we see of an Uapaca tree. The slash confirmed its identification. My name is Daniel Alempijevic, a graduate student from Kate Detwiler’s Primatology lab at […]

Highway Robbery

Blood-letting and blood-loyalty beside Lomami National Park. (My observations in parentheses. I translate and include parts of several narratives) Omo on a patrol to prohibit pigeon captures in the park. OMO or O2 : Our trip was planned for Saturday the 4th March, but we did not take off until Sunday. I was making a […]