Investigation of the Tswana's use of space when viewed historically demon-strates the importance space has in expressing the cultural meaning andvalues of a people. This view is developed on the basis of research under-taken in 1928, 1978 and again in 1988. The continuities and changes inthe culture, influenced by economic and political development, become ap-parent through dissecting the spatial expression whether at the level of thehouse or settlement.This presentation will review initial findings from extensive research un-dertaken in 1978. At that time research unfolded the nature of the Tswana'sspatial expression and the way their values of social status, world view, In-dividual identity, cooperation, and economic well being were mapped spa-tially moderated by the context of the natural environment. Comparingdata gathered 50 years before it was possible to note the changes in this ex-pression and to discover what values continued to use space as a vehicle fortheir expression. Returning ten years later made it possible to consideronce again the changes and continuities which have occured and to reconsiderthe analysis of 1978. It showed that some predictions in the earlier re-search were unfulfilled. The reasons for this and the insight gained from thelongterm perspective may find use in other situations undergoing change.