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Title:The Politics of Cultural Conservatism in Colonial Botswana: Queen Seingwaeng's Zionist Campaign in the Bakgatla Reserve, 1937-1947
Author:Morton, Fred
Year:1998
Periodical:Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0256-2316)
Volume:12
Issue:1-2
Pages:22-43
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:African Independent Churches
Kgatla
political history
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
colonialism
History and Exploration
Women's Issues
Historical/Biographical
Cultural Roles
History, Archaeology
history
Queen Seingwaeng
Women's role
religion
political science
Zionist Christian Church
Abstract:This article discusses the growth of Zionism among the Kgatla in the context of local political struggles in Bakgatla Reserve (Bechuanaland Protectorate, present-day Botswana) and the life of Queen Seingwaeng, mother of Chief Molefi. Queen Seingwaeng was politically important from the 1910s until the 1960s, articulating the views of ordinary people otherwise considered politically helpless. She led popular opposition to the 'progressive' authoritarianism of Regent Isang, promoting the restoration of her son Molefi to chieftainship through religious movements in the 1930s, and joining the Zion Christian Church in 1938. However, by 1947, Seingwaeng and the Zionists were seen as a political threat by Molefi and the ruling elite, who expelled them from Bakgatla territory. Molefi was reconciled with his mother in 1955, but she did not return home to Mochudi, the Kgatla capital, until 1967, nine years after his death. Notes, ref., sum.
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