Jan-Bart Gewald: “We Thought we would be Free …” – Socio-Cultural Aspects of Herero History in Namibia, 1915–1940 [PDF]


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HSA History, Cultural Traditions and Innovations in Southern Africa Volume 8

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273 pp.
1 map: Herero Reserves, 10 historical b/w photos

Text language: English

The present study contains the history of the reconstruction of ethnic identity after 1904 tried by the Herero, an ethnos mainly living in central and northern Namibia. 1904 was the year when most of the Herero people were killed by German troops. The author specifically deals with the period of 1915–1940 when Namibia was under South African rule, a period which is specially important because of the renaissance of the Herero nation.

By narrating stories from daily life of the Herero people under colonial power, the socio-political processes come to the fore. Apart from the efforts by the Herero themselves to restitute their society, the Rhenish Mission and the South African administration exerted influence on this reconstruction. In this context, the author makes obvious that the Rhenish Mission lost its former influence on the Herero people, whereas the South African administration intensified their authority.

Under these links you will find further publications on language, culture and history of the Hereros:

Wilhelm J.G. Möhlig / Jekura U. Kavari: Reference Grammar of Herero (Otjiherero) – Bantu Language of Namibia [PDF]
Wilhelm J.G. Möhlig / Lutz Marten / Jekura U. Kavari: A Grammatical Sketch of Herero (Otjiherero) [PDF]
Rose Marie Beck: Bridging the Language Gap – Approaches to Herero Verbal Interaction as Development Practice in Namibia [PDF+wav]

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