Comment consomme-t-on le manioc dans la fore^t du Zaire? :essai sur l’e’volution de la technologie culinaire des Songolapar Takako ANKEI
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Ms. ANKEI Takako got a doctor of science by her study of bacteriology. She visited Iriomote Island, Ryukyus, and the great Congo forest. This experience made her realize the importance of nature-human relationship: it was an enlightenment for her to know that human beings can have a lifestyle that is not destructive against their environment. Thanks to such field surveys, she expanded her academic interest to ecology, and soon it was made clear that it should contain human ecology. During her stay in France, she compiled a cookbook of the Songola, a Bantu-speaking people of D. R. Congo, and revield the overwhelming affluence of traditional cooking. Naturally this became her third speciality, and she publishes arcles on cassava naturalization or local alcohol brewery.
Ms. Ankei teaches biology, ecology and cultural anthropology in a variety of schools and universities as a part-time lecturer. She always tries to bring her students outdoors to make them master the way to see the nature at the height of small organisms. She is a member of comittees of Yamaguchi Prefecture and express opinions on the side of plants and animals against arrogant alternation of forest, swamps, rivers, and the ocean.
(Portrait by Ms. Narisada of YPU)