Seeing the National Park from Outside It: On an African Epistemology of Nature


This paper explores the concept of “nature” from the perspective of African meanings and practices that national parks or game reserves found in existence, displaced to “the other side of the fence,” and criminalised as poaching during and after the colonial moment. Focusing on the vaShona people of Zimbabwe, the paper aims to locate these practices within a broader spiritually-grounded relationship between people, animals, forests, mountains, and the natural environment.