Indigenous African Kites: Could It Be?

Ben Ruhe
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The common wisdom is that kites were unknown in black Africa, that is in the vast region south of the Sahara desert, until introduced some hundreds of years ago by occupying European colonial powers.

The wisdom seems to be that kites were unknown too in the northern rim of Africa, mostly Moslem countries stretching from Algeria to Egypt, until introduced hundreds of years ago from the Middle East, where they may have arrived from India.

There are other possibilities, of course. Marco Polo brought back the concept of kites and kiteflying from China and the idea itself, rather than the kites, might have spread south as a consequence of his writing.

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