Vincent Khapoya

Vincent Khapoya


Dr. Khapoya talks about his early schooling, initiation rites and circumcision when he was a 14 year old boy in Kenya. In the interview, he recounts his fathers dedication to achieving an education for his children, including his sister who was not his sister, but his cousin. The continuity of tradition is noted in Dr. Khapoyas building a house for his mother, which is not his mothers house but his own house.

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  • Date Interviewed: Monday, 23 October 2006
  • Interviewer: Dr. Dena Scher

Early Memories, School, Bike

Landscape and Houses

Tribal Initiation




Immigration to the U.S.

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Marygrove Archives ARC-SP 0100 File #7


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