chapter  8
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Khami

The lost landscape
ByAshton Sinamai

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book shows that un-inherited places are a result of a process of disinheriting, which can be both intentional and unintentional. The cultural biography of Khami is therefore a mediated history of a place that shows political objectives of a cavalcade of changing polities from the Rozvi, right down to the postcolonial government. C. Y. Tilley suggests, 'places, like persons, have biographies in as much as they are formed, used, and transformed in relation to practice' and this biography is expressed through the layers of the various uses of landscape over a period of time. The Khami River was an important part of the landscape and its destruction through the building of dams and pollution of the river changed the perception of the society on the importance of the cultural landscape represented at Khami.