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Title:The Private Performance of Events: Colonial Period Rock Art from the Swartruggens
Authors:Hall, Simon
Mazel, Aron
Periodical:Kronos: Journal of Cape History
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:rock art
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Anthropology and Archaeology
Architecture and the Arts
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41056538
Abstract:In South Africa's Western Cape there is a distinctive set of rock art imagery that is explicitly colonial in content. This is the work of the descendants of Khoe pastoralists and San hunter-gatherers who, as the colonial frontier closed around them, lost their economic independence and ideological identitites, merged and became subordinated within the labour needs of the rural farm economy. The fact that specific content, forms and depicted artefacts of colonial-period rock art can be tied more securely to events, makes it possible for this paper to refine the chronology for some of the colonial rock art. It also examines the question of what motivated people to depict elements of their colonial world and what meanings they sought to impart. It uses two approaches, first asking whether cultural practice in the past helps understanding meaning and motivation in the colonial context, and, second, examining the immediate historic context and the day-to-day circumstances of the artists as marginalized and subordinated rural labourers. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]