layouts vary, are similar in nature, but are not identical.. The structures
themselves are quite small but outdoor spaces are utilized because of warm temperatures.
combined structures and spaces of a homestead equals the size of a house in
homestead usually has these spaces and structures. Variances do occur but this
is seen as typical.
grass or bush defines the homestead. Since Zambia is an agricultural society,
fields are prevalent and often are buffers between homesteads. The homestead
area is trodden, well worn, where grass does not grow.
are made to other homesteads by walking paths.
homesteads comprise of extended families; the fathers house, then the sons and
their wives and families. In many tribes in Zambia, when a women marries she
lives in the husbands village.
of homesteads vary from area to area but 3 main variations exist.
to each Other
homesteads are deep in the bush. There are no specific distances between them.
Some are right next to each other and others are far apart. It is very random.
Lozi's in Southern and Western provinces are unique. They were traditionally
a warring tribe and would often steal cattle from other tribes. Their homesteads
were enclosed compounds, quite small with buildings against the fences and open
homesteads are very open to each other with no major barriers in-between.. Separations
are achieved by layouts of individual homesteads, creating courtyards. Plantings,
or nature are used for separation of spaces and homesteads.
homesteads are rarer; yards are completely enclosed by bushes or hedges. The
plantings are uniform in size and placement, and this effect creates "streets"
through a village.
following pictures are examples of different layouts of the homestead. Some
homesteads or yards are for single houses while others are comprised of many
houses in a single family. Some homesteads are enclosed by shrubs or other natural
features while others are open to others.