Lake Niassa, Mozambique
My fieldwork takes place along the eastern shore of Lake Malawi in Mozambique (southern Africa) in a small town called Metangula.The predominant language there is Chinyanja, which is a variant of Chichewa (both Bantu languages). Many people also speak the national language, Portuguese.
Most residents of Metangula are farmers or fishermen -- or, both. They also engage in a wide range of piecework and entrepreneurial enterprises. While Metangula is far from the capital city (Maputo), it is regionally well-connected -- serving as a transit station between points along the eastern lakeshore and Lichinga (the capital of Niassa Province), Tanzania, and Malawi.