Pottery Production in Tanzania from a Gendered Perspective: Comparative Study on Kisi and Pare, 1930 to 1980


African Humanities Program Dissertation Fellowships




The Kisi of Southwest Tanzania and the Pare of Northeast Tanzania are famous for pottery recovered by archaeologists that dates back to 1000 AD. The Kisi and Pare still make pot until today. This study examines the role played by men and women in pottery production and distribution from 1930 to 1980. It uses qualitative research methodology including interviews, participant observation, film, and photography to capture pottery making processes, raw material collection, and marketing practices in order to illustrate gender roles and relations. The project demonstrates the value of qualitative research as a method, and illustrates daily life and narrates the human stories that surround craft industry.