Publication Date

January 2013


AnthropoChildren is an online, open access international Review edited at the University of Liège (Belgium). The open access version of this article can be accessed at this link.


This research offers a first look at Swahili children in Lamu town on Lamu Island, Kenya by providing an overview of the kinds of activities in which they engage and the aspects of Swahili society that are particularly focused on them. Swahili children’s culture is characterized by identifying the beliefs, practices, and values that shape Swahili children’s lives, from an anthropological perspective. The paper features photographic images that six Swahili youth produced and selected for this study during the summer of 2011, which provide personal insight into the children’s lives and experiences. Collaborative research methods were especially designed to empower the youth to tell their own stories, promoted by explaining the photographs they took of the people, places, and activities that matter to them most.


Social and Cultural Anthropology