San Cross-border cultural heritage and identity in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

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San Cross-border cultural heritage and identity in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

Description

The aim of this paper is to examine the indigenous San cultural identity that transcends ecological zones across the borders of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa respectively. The paper explores the representation of borders and boundaries within traditional culture, dance and music. Dance, music, material art and craft, if broadly defined, become a medium through which San women and men narrate their experiences to a broader audience. The paper contends that giving voice to the San: in the many forms that such voice is captured, will significantly enhance our understanding of indigenous knowledge systems and thus better guide strategies towards transformation of modern southern African societies. The discussion aims to showcase San indigenous knowledge systems and creativity, and shift the discourse from a 'marginalised and suffering only' sphere to appreciation of their voices through culture, art, music and dance. The article suggests that the San artistic contribution, the articulation of their specific experiences and traditional knowledge enjoy significant attention across political boundaries.

Creator

Maitseo BOLAANE

Source

http://repository.kulib.kyoto-u.ac.jp/dspace/handle/2433/187748

Publisher

African Study Monographs (2014), 35(1): 41-64

Date

2014

Format

PDF

Language

English

Files

http://namibia.leadr.msu.edu/files/original/caa3e492c2bc05e95880954af6ce5454.pdf

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Citation

Maitseo BOLAANE, “San Cross-border cultural heritage and identity in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa,” Namibia Digital Repository, accessed June 23, 2024, https://namibiadigitalrepository.com/items/show/394.

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