@_swahililand It is a common misconception that Swahili architecture was built by Arab and Persian merchants, this is very false. First off, that’s not how trade works, the foreign traders aren’t the ones who have the power and wealth, this is only taught when dealing with African civilizations because once again, Colonialists (the ones who wrote most history books) had a predetermined notion on the capabilities of the African people. Secondly, Historians have already debunked this myth/misconception citing that the design clearly has an AFRICAN GENESIS (Origin) but borrowed from aspects of Persian, Indian, and Arab architecture; this is how trade works. Foreigners also adapted aspects of our architecture as well so why aren’t we given credit for building their buildings like how they are credited for building ours? So the next time you tell someone about Swahili architecture, make sure you make clear that it is SWAHILI/African architecture not South Asian or Middle Eastern. #Kenya
@pwesaDiani Beach, Mombasa, Kenya Dugouts carved from logs of local trees fixed up with outriggers, although no masts are seen in this particular group. There’re often paddled, poled or sailed in (on) and they are found on the East Coast of Africa and even as far south as the Comoros. The modern outrigger canoe, known as ‘ngalawa’ in Swahili follows the Zanzibari sailing configuration where the outrigger float is set at an angle to the sea. Thus it has very little static buoyancy but provides dynamic stability and acts as a lee-board when sailing. And yes, they sure can capsize and quite easily too! #ngalawa #outriggercanoe #galubeach #dianibeach #mombasa #kenya #palmtrees #seeforyourself#exploremore #safari #boating #boatinglife#africanamazing#swahilicoast #swahili
@julianabritto Sailing a dhow takes so much more work than I’d imagined! Our captain and cook spent the journey running back and forth to furl and unfurl the sail, correct course and get us from island to island safely.
@julianabrittoRuins of Gedi Me, exploring the haunting Gede ruins, an ancient city made of coral. At its peak, 3,000 Swahili people lived among these tight medina-like streets. Today my guide showed me the complex water systems they used, the baths and palaces and mosques, and the huge trees that have grown in the middle of ancient court and dining rooms.
@zancanaroZanzibar, Tanzania Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Heading for the open seas - dhows set sail at sunrise for fishing grounds off the coast of Zanzibar. From my upcoming @natgeo Taiwan Exhibition, 35 Years in Asia, at Shin Kong Mitsukoshi in Taipei from March 29 - April 15. #matemwe #zanzibar #swahilicoast #tanzania #fishermen #dhow @natgeo.media @natgeocreative
@jennusherrLamu, Kenya Bittersweet leaving the Swahili coast today. 🌴☀️ Such good food and hospitality. We all felt welcomed, appreciated...and now of course, relaxed! 😊 Until next time... ... @macstoy , I’ll have to step up my table setting game! Spoiled by all the fresh flowers each day! Frangipani, jasmine and boganvilla everywhere! 🌺🌸 ... ... @expthevillage #kenya #gratitude #lamu #swahilicoast#tablesetting #travel #womenwhoexplore #moonhouse #frangipani#boganvilla #jasmine