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Title:From hailing the 'English flag' to asking for UN Control: Witbooi petitions and appeals under South African rule, 1919-1956
Author:Kössler, ReinhartISNI
Periodical:Journal - Namibia Scientific Society (ISSN 1018-7677)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Namibia
South Africa
Southern Africa
colonial policy
indigenous peoples
History, Archaeology
Race discrimination
Intergroup relations
Witbooi, Hendrik, d. 1905
Primary documents
Abstract:This article contains the full text of 10 petitions and submissions by the Witbooi group during the first 40 years of South African rule in Namibia. The main bulk of texts refers to 1919 and 1922, i.e., to the first stages of South African reserve policy. These texts contain a detailed account of Witbooi experience since the defeat of the great rising (1904/1907) as well as a programme of restitution, motivated by reference to the bequest of the old Kapitein Hendrik Witbooi. Later and shorter documents allow glimpses at the ways leading Witbooi personalities tried to come to grips with their deep disappointment about the reality of South African rule in Namibia. The importance of these documents consists in direct testimony, while the record is generally very heavily biased towards administrative views. Bibliogr., sum. in English and German. [Journal abstract]