A Man Divided: Michael Garfield Smith, Jamaican Poet And by Douglass Hall, Douglas Hall

By Douglass Hall, Douglas Hall

Michael Garfield Smith was once an the world over exclusive anthropologist. He used to be additionally a poet of benefit, yet few humans knew that or relatively understood the conflicts, own and expert, that made him, within the opinion of many that knew him, seem boastful and unapproachable. This account attempts to teach the entire guy, and it's thus far the one biography of M. G. Smith. "A guy Divided" is a quick account of M. G. Smith the fellow, "the proficient, hardworking Jamaican and how he made his method, instead of of the educational functionality of Professor M. G. Smith the across the world distinct anthropologist". Preface

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Some prepared marketable items such as beancakes, groundnut oil and cakes, and Jura, a paste of millet, flour and spices taken with milk for a midday snack. The women's earnings by these enterprises were their own, separately kept but sometimes offered in assistance to a needy husband. And there was much more, so when in early December Mike went off to Fatika to visit friends he had made during his short spell there, Mary remained working in Giwa until Christmas when she joined him. They were given the round entrance hut of the village drummer's house.

With tongue in cheek, Mike continued his questionably honest advice. Then, in more serious vein, he told her to put down what she knew, and not worry about what she didn't know. Since she was so well prepared she really could not fail. She didn't. She passed with distinction. After the exams, Mary got a job in London with the Family Welfare Association. 25 A M a n D i v i d e d : M I C H A E L G A R F I E L D S M I T H 1921-1993 Mike still had a year to go for his final examinations in 1948. When he came to them, his paper in Social Anthropology was so outstanding that his examiner, Professor Gluckman at Manchester University, wrote across it: "This man should go on to graduate work" - a rare allowance for an external student doing a general degree.

AMONG THE KAGORO AND KADARA Then on to the Makarfi district for the work similar to that achieved in Giwa, and for shorter spells among the non-Muslim Kagoro and Kadara peoples in South Zaria for comparative material. But in many ways Kagoro became special. There, and in Kadara, Mike Smith, who had not been comfortable in the hierarchic, almost feudal, society of the Muslim Hausa-Fulani, felt more at ease. In Kagoro, the Christian Chief Mallam Gwamma, a few years older than Mike, became a life-long friend and godfather of their first-born son.

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