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Primitive Custom and Administration

Nature volume 110, pages 593594 (04 November 1922) | Download Citation



THE Report of the Tanganyika Territory for the year 1921, which has been issued as a White Paper (Cmd. 1732), contains much matter of interest relating to native affairs. It is evident that the Administration by sympathetic treatment and by a patient hearing of tribal grievances is winning the confidence of the native population, while every opportunity is being seized to remove hardships which have been inflicted on them by the excessive alienation of land under the German colonial system. As a census taken in April last shows that there is a native population of 4,107,000, the responsibility for the regulation of native affairs is not light. It is satisfactory, therefore, to note that a good beginning has been made towards establishing sympathetic relations with the tribes. In the interests of the Territory, it is vital that the administration should be conducted with due regard to native customs and institutions. It is even more important that the native should have an opportunity of development along lines in harmony with his own culture, and ultimately, it is permissible to hope, of incorporation as an essential and responsible element in the community.

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