insaka is a structure whicj is simialiar in western thought as a gazebo. In
Zambia these structures have significant roles in social life in village life
and preperatins of food.
is a Bemba word for "place to gather" It is derived from the verb
isa " to come together"
it is very important!!
cooking insaka is a small hut which a fire is kept. Women socialize around this
nucleus of activity. Men socialize in the insaka which is more public, where
one greets a visitor. The men and the women have different accepted social areas.
people would gather underneeath a tree. The tree naturally enclosed a space
and offered protection from sun and the rain.
insaka basically encloses a space. This for protection from the elements while
allowing for work or socializing.
are constructed in all shapes and sizes.
structures provide prtection from the elements, mainly wind , rain, and sun.
A shallow foundation is dug and burnt bricks ( or pole and mud) is built to
a hieght of about 1 meter.
Poles are placed into the ground about .5 meter deep. It is also common for
the poles to be placed before the walls are constructed. The poles are either
plastered into the walls or just sit outside of them
After the poles are built for the roof structure, thatch is added on top.