Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, August 31, 2009

1920’s KILIMANJARO: THE MOUNTAIN’S LORE – PART 1

It’s always problematic to speak of a geographic discovery, because there were usually other peoples and cultures that had long before “discovered” the area for themselves. Such is the case with Mount Kilimanjaro. The Maasai had long lived on the plains nearby, tending their great cattle herds.

Missionary, Eva Stuart-Watt was a young lady when she, her sister, and her mother moved to the slopes of Kilimanjaro in the mid 1920’s to teach the Wachagga. They lived in a “rather dilapidated tiled bungalow.” It was ex-German property, a “waysde inn (formerly) used for mountaineers on expeditions to the snows.”

Ms. Stuart-Watt recorded some of Kilimanjaro’s history in her book, Africa’s Dome of Mystery (no publication date given, possibly 1929). She says that the original inhabitants of Kilimanjaro’s slopes were the Wakonyingo, a pygmy peoples. The Wakonyingo were supposedly able to smelt iron and the Wachagga, supplanted the Wakonyingo after they, too, learned to smelt iron.

Read TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH for a fictional climb up Kilimanjaro in 1920. It’s available September 1 at bookstores everywhere. Check the events page at www.suzannearruda.com to see how you can get a signed copy. If you cannot attend an event, just contact the store in advance for a signed copy.

The images and quotes were taken from Africa’s Dome of Mystery, by Eva Stuart-Watt.

NEXT WEEK: More Kilimanjaro tales from the 20’s.

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH will be released Sept. 1, 2009 in hardcover. An excerpt and information on pre-ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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