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The Mackie Ethnological Expedition to Central Africa

Nature volume 106, page 454 (02 December 1920) | Download Citation



THE REV. J. ROSCOE, the leader of the Mackie Ethnological Expedition to Central Africa, has recently returned to this country after an absence of more than eighteen months. The expedition, which was made possible by a generous donation from Sir Peter Mackie, placed at the disposal of the Royal Society, had for its object the investigation of the laws, customs, and beliefs of the native tribes under British rule in Central Africa, particularly in the Uganda Protectorate, in accordance with a scheme which had been planned and urgently advocated for many years by Sir James Frazer, but for which funds had hitherto been wanting. The tribes which the expedition proposed to investigate had been very little modified by contact with civilisation, and it was felt that a detailed examination of their institutions and beliefs would not only add very materially to our scientific knowledge, but would also conduce to the good government and economic development of the country in the future.

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