Friday, May 20, 2011

Dr Heinz San Collection: The search for true meaning of the San's way of life

The library digitization team recently came back from a trip in the Bere/Takatshwane regions where they sort assistance of the San communities to transcribe Dr Hans Heinz slides collection. Dr Heinz lived amongst the !Ko San for many years and married Namkwa, a !Ko of Takatshwane. He studied the San social organisation and recorded their botanical, entomological and anatomical knowledge. The slides are a rich collection of the San communities' cumulative knowledge of all aspects of their way of life. They will soon be accompanied by narrative from the San themselves. The Heinz slides collection is available in the ORI library.

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