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Oral history interview with Doris Chitemerere
Oral history interview with Doris Chitemerere
4 Jan 2019
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00:00 Introduces herself.00:42 Explains her clan, official surname and why she uses the pseudonym. Describes the royal nature of her clan i.e. chieftainship in Banket and Zvimba. 01:38 Born in Harare at Harare hospital02:01 Describes her parents, late father and his death. Re-marriage of her mother and the family composition.02:36 Recounts her childhood; the split between Harare during term-time and Zvimba village during holidays.04:09 Tells of briefly attending school in the village 05:22 Recounts childhood games 09:35 Migrated to the UK in 1999 leaving her family in Zimbabwe.10:55 Begins describing the unstable political situation before she left.[Interview stops so that Doris can attend to her son.]11:00 Migrates to the UK on a 6 month visa. 12:03 Husband joins her in the UK. Children join their parents.13:25 Describes the importance of upholding Zimbabwean traditions: ‘I treasure it so much because it’s an identity’. 14:07 Reflects on the difference between growing up in Zimbabwe and the UK. 17:42 Narrates her totem: Gushungo (tsiwo) mangwenya in Ndebele and Ngonya in Shona. Explains the importance: sense of honour (mafaro anofambisa ropa kuti ndakudzwa).20:38 Hopes for the future22:38 Tendayi thanks Doris for sharing her reflections.[Recording ends at the end of the conversation. The women then decide to record further information about specific Zimbabwean traditions.]22:51 Describes and demonstrates some key Zimbabwean traditions: greetings, the position of women – curtsying (muzura) followed by clapping with palms crossed. Men put their hands together. Some kneel to greet elders etc.27:29 Begins to discuss traditions around eating.[Recording ends so that Doris can attend to her son]27:49 Explains the importance of expressing appreciation, especially of food. Describes foods and customs of gratitude.31:52 End of recording
Title:
Oral history interview with Doris Chitemerere
Date of work:
4 Jan 2019
Reference number:
GB3228.86/2/6/1
Use restrictions:
Restricted
Language:
English
Record number:
8935902
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