100 Years of South African Kalahari Place Names, featuring: Nǀuu, Khoekhoe, Tswana, Afrikaans, English and Gaelic
mediaposted on 10.11.2021, 06:46 authored by Kerry JonesKerry Jones, Thomas SlingsbyThomas Slingsby
This presentation recording was delivered to the 2021 International Symposium on Place Names and outlines the process of place name extraction and geocoding from transcripts and other items in the ǂKhomani San | Hugh Brody Collection, held by the Special Collections department of the University of Cape Town Libraries.
The resulting geospatial data set is linked via DOI from the references below. The work was done as a collaboration between UCT Libraries and African Tongue, a professional linguistic consultancy that collaborates with contemporary speakers of Ju, Tu and Khoe languages in southern Africa to produce creative and educational resources.
The ǂKhomani San are the first people of the southern Kalahari. They lived as hunters and gatherers in the immense desert in the northwest corner of South Africa. For them, it is a land rich in wildlife, plants, trees, great sand dunes and dry riverbeds. When the ǂKhomani San share their history, they tell a story of dispossession from their lands, erasure of their way of life, and disappearance of their language. To speak of their past is to search in memory for all that was taken from them in the colonial, apartheid and post-apartheid era. They also tell a story of reclamation and recovery of lands, language, and even of memory itself.