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Dealing in death: Ellen Pakkies and a community's struggle with Tik

In September 2007, Ellen Pakkies, a working mother from Lavender Hill on the Cape Flats, strangled her son to death. The judge in the subsequent trial sentenced her to community service for her crime. What drove Ellen to commit this horrific deed,…


Drumbeats: sounds of Zion in the Cape Flats

African indigenous churches form a striking part of the phenomenal growth of Christian churches on the African continent.

Cape Flats details: life and culture in the townships of Cape Town

A rich collection of vivid photographs, capturing images of the homes, cultures, people, and streets of the communities of the Cape Flats. Working during the late 1980s, Ledochowski highlights the vibrant cultures of the area. "Cape Flats" refers to…

Bushmen in a Victorian world: the remarkable story of the Bleek-Lloyd collection of Bushmen folklore

Tells the story of a decade of dialogue between two pioneering colonial scholars, Dr Wilhelm Bleek and his sister-in-law Lucy Lloyd, and five Bushmen from the Cape Town Breakwater Prison, who were allowed to live with the Bleek family in their…


The Bushmen

The last of the Kalahari Bushmen are slowly disappearing, drawn irrevocably into the vortex of our civilization. Aware of the urgency of the task, the author and the photographers searched deep in the Kalahari thirstlands to find those few remaining…

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Miscast: negotiating the presence of the Bushmen

In this book, eminent scholars explore the term 'Bushmen' and the relationships that gave rise to it, from the perspectives of anthropology, archaeology, comparative religion, literary studies, art history and musicology. Topics as diverse as trophy…

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Bushman letters : interpreting /Xam narrative

The “/Xam narrative” referred to in the title of Michael Wessels’s path-breaking work is found in the famous archive recorded by the German philologist Wilhelm
Bleek and his English sister-in-law Lucy Lloyd in colonial Cape Town during the 1870s,…

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San rock engravings: marking the Karoo landscape

The vast spaces of the Karoo abound with images pecked, incised or engraved onto rock surfaces. These landscape markings, generally known simply as 'rock engravings', were created in the pre-colonial period by San hunter-gatherers who roamed this…

The Kung San: men, women, and work in a foraging society

For most of human history hunting and gathering was a universal way of life. Richard Borshay Lee spent over three years conducting fieldwork among the !Kung San, an isolated population of 1,000 in northern Botswana. When Lee began his work in 19863,…

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Picturing bushmen: the Denver African Expedition of 1925

The Denver African Expedition of 1925 sought "the cradle of Humanity." The explorers returned claiming to have found the "Missing Link" in the Heikum bushmen of the Kalahari--and they proceeded to market this image. As Robert J. Gordon shows in…

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On the bridge of goodbye: the story of South Africa's discarded San soldiers

Author David Robbins travelled with a small group of these discarded San soldiers on a journey into their respective pasts so that he could tell their stories. The result is On the Bridge of Goodbye, a book rich in insight and emotion that culminates…

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Capturing the spoor: an exploration of Southern African rock art

Infused with the passion of the authors for their subject, this is the first book of its kind to discuss the rock art of cultural groups other than the San. It carries the story of the rock engravings and rock paintings of Limpopo into the present by…

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Kalahari rainsong

This unusual story brings together the voices of two South African women, different in background, connected in spirit. Weaving together a range of narrative styles and strands - mythic, political and anecdotal - Kalahari RainSong reflects the…

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Masters and servants on the Cape Eastern frontier, 1760-1803

Describing the volatile relationship between European settlers and the indigenous Khoisan peoples in eighteenth-century southern Africa, this book explores the underlying causes of this pervasive violence in the Eastern Cape, and considers the fate…

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The mantis, the eland, and the hunter: follow the San

In the world view of the San, the eland is the favourite creation of the Mantis; in the mind a young Kalahari hunter it is the key game target. The mantis gave the eland its colours, the hunter hopes by killing it to earn a wife. This sets up a…

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Representing Bushmen: South Africa and the origin of language

Representing Bushmen draws on the work of Jacques Derrida, Edward Said, and Martin Bernal to show how the study of language was integral to the formation of racial discrimination in South Africa. Author Shane Moran demonstrates the central role of…

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Anatomy of a South African Genocide

In 1998 David Kruiper, the leader of the ‡Khomani San who today lives in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa, lamented, “we have been made into nothing.” His comment applies equally to the fate of all the hunter-gatherer societies of the Cape Colony…

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The bushmen of Southern Africa: slaughter of the innocent

Facing up to a shameful history, this book celebrates the culture and courage of the first people of Africa, the Bushmen, who, over the past 200 years, have been dispossessed and almost exterminated. In Botswana - miraculously saved by the Mandela…

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The broken string: the last words of an extinct people

The first people of South Africa, stone - age hunters and gatherers from the mountains and the arid flats of the interior, did not survive the arrival of settlers from Europe. Within decades an ancient world of sorcerers, hunters and artists was lost…

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