Geoffrey Clarfield

Geoffrey Clarfield

Geoffrey Clarfield is a Toronto-based musician and anthropologist.

Remembering Richard Leakey (1944–2022), the Last Victorian Scientist

Remembering Richard Leakey (1944–2022), the Last Victorian Scientist

Kenyan paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey died on January 2nd at age 77, following an extraordinary career devoted to the scientific exploration of human origins. Richard was once my boss. And although we never became friends, I came to know him fairly well. He died peacefully in his house overlooking Kenya’s

Geoffrey Clarfield
Geoffrey Clarfield
10 min read
Anthropology
Remembering My Friend Peter Beard

Remembering My Friend Peter Beard

Peter Beard, internationally renowned photographer, author, railroad-fortune heir, and socialite, died last month. Or possibly in March. Beard (b. 1938) had been ill, and suffering from dementia. He wandered off into the forest near his home on Long Island. He was 82. His body was found in a nearby national

Geoffrey Clarfield
Geoffrey Clarfield
7 min read
Memoir
Understanding Modern African Horrors by Way of the Indian Ocean Slave Trade

Understanding Modern African Horrors by Way of the Indian Ocean Slave Trade

On January 15, and well into the morning of the next day, terrorists affiliated with the Somali Jihadi group Al Shabab forced their way into an upscale Nairobi hotel and business centre, killing 21 innocent civilians. Kenyan authorities, with some help from Western allies, killed some of the terrorists and

Geoffrey Clarfield
Geoffrey Clarfield
6 min read
History
Righteous Among the Nations: The Rescued Tribe of Colonel Jose Arturo Castellanos Contreras

Righteous Among the Nations: The Rescued Tribe of Colonel Jose Arturo Castellanos Contreras

“When you grow up in a country where war is the order of the day, the bullets are flying all around you, it is only normal that once you get to a safe place like Canada, it may actually be a good thing to leave your country’s history behind,

Geoffrey Clarfield
Geoffrey Clarfield
5 min read
Canada
Barefoot Over the Serengeti: A Visit with David Read

Barefoot Over the Serengeti: A Visit with David Read

“When [the Masai] gave you their word or made a promise, it meant something,” the author David Read (1922-2015) said to me in his last days, during an interview at his home in rural Tanzania. “They were also very generous. If they were laying on a feast and you were

Geoffrey Clarfield
Geoffrey Clarfield
12 min read
Books