. The Politics of Bushman Representations

Pippa Skotnes

in Images and Empires

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520229488
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927292 | DOI:
. The Politics of Bushman Representations

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This chapter examines the political aspects of the visual representations of South African Bushmen. It describes three episodes in the history of these visual representations. These are the creation of an archive of /Xam traditions in the 1870s and 1880s, the making of a diorama at the South African Museum in Cape Town and the author's own installation of an art exhibit at the South African National Gallery in 1996. This chapter explains that the archive was a collaborative project in which the /Xam were offered a means to express themselves and the diorama was a European construction of the primitive hunter-gatherer.

Keywords: South African Bushmen; visual representations; political aspects; /Xam traditions; diorama; art installation

Chapter.  9362 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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