Representing Bushmen South Africa and the Origin of Language
Critical Arts 2011, June, 25, 2
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Shane Moran, 2009. Representing Bushmen South Africa and the origin of language. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press. (ISBN 978-1-58046-294-5 hardcover, 210 pp.) The Bleek and Lloyd collection of /Xam narrative, history, biography and cultural information has been rightly celebrated as a remarkable and unique ethnographic and literary resource. David Lewis-Williams, the doyen of Bushman rock art research, describes it as 'the most amazing ethnographic source in the world. Nothing comparable preceded it, and nothing like it has been compiled since' (2007: 180). Historian, Andrew Bank, concludes his historical reconstruction of Bleek and Lloyd's project by claiming that the ability of the researchers and informants to 'sustain a decade of dialogue is without precedent in the history of this country and perhaps that of the world' (2006: 397). It has also been held up as an example of interracial collaboration during a period of remorseless colonial expansion and territorial dispossession (Skotnes 1996: 18). Even today, argue Janette Deacon and Thomas Dowson, Bleek and Lloyd's work 'provides much fuel for challenging the racial stereotypes and perceptions held about the San of southern Africa' (1996: 3).
- Category: Social Science
- Published: Jun 01, 2011
- Publisher: Critical Arts Projects
- Seller: The Gale Group, Inc.
- Print Length: 7 Pages
- Language: English