Rehoboth Baster Community

Heritage and Cultures in Modern Namibia - In-depth Views of the Country. A TUCSIN-Festschrift

Published by Jan 03, 2012

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Limpricht, C & M. Biesele (eds.) (2008). Heritage and Cultures in Modern  Namibia - In-depth Views of the Country. A TUCSIN-Festschrift.  Windhoek-Goettingen (ISBN Europe: 9783933117397; ISBN Namibia: 9789991657271) 


Articles about Rehoboth:

Cornelia Limpricht & Hartmut Lang: Farms and Families – Land Tenure in Rehoboth (141154) 

Alan Morris: The Cairns of Rehoboth, Central Namibia (155169)

Duncan Miller: Searching for the Source of the Oanob Copper (170173) 


Cornelia Limpricht & Hartmut Lang: Farms and Families – Land Tenure in Rehoboth (141-154)

The Basters are the only indigenous group in Namibia who developed land tenure of privately owned farms and plots by the end of the 19th century after more than 20 years of communal farming. The article describes the history of land  tenure in the Rehoboth  Gebiet and the farming system (farm typology) based on survey data collected in 2000.  

The main focus of the paper is whether the RehobothOdendaal farms can serve as a good example in land redistribution today. During the late 1960s, the South African Government purchased six white owned farms – the socalled white islands of the Baster Gebiet – comprising more than seventy thousand hectares. They were subdivided into twentysix units, which were leased and later sold to Baster farmers. This redistribution from private to private land provides results and sheds light on aspects of the economical and ecological viability of this process, resulting from historic intervention.

Alan Morris: The Cairns of Rehoboth, Central Namibia (155-169) 

This article gives first hand results of excavations south of Rehoboth: Isolated cairns are a common feature throughout much of the dry hinterland of southern and southwestern Africa. 

The 14 cairns excavated in Rehoboth between 1985 and 1990 have demonstrated quite clearly the difference between burial cairns and more enigmatic nonburial cairns. The skeletons of the 8 individuals excavated provide data that supports an ethnic identity of Khoekhoe for these people. They are not particularly ancient and the available dates suggest that they represent the people who lived in the Rehoboth area just before the arrival of the Baster community in the 1870’s.  

Duncan Miller: Searching for the Source of the Oanob Copper (170-173) 

The paper focuses on the excavation of the Drierivier site on the banks of the Oanob river south of Rehoboth done by Beatrice Sandelowsky in 1970. This metal working site at Drierivier turned out to be a copper production workshop. The author describes “the hunt” for the original source of ore used in the production of copper at the smelting site of Drierivier. 

These activities can be linked to a preBaster population. 


Other articles in the publication

Issues concerning the whole country 

Wade Pendleton: Migration in and Urban Governance in Windhoek (922) 

Michael Bollig: Beyond Development – Global Visions and Local Adaptations of a Contested Concept (2336)  

Jürgen Richter & Ralf Vogelsang: Rock Art in NorthWestern Central Namibia – its Age and Cultural Background (3746) 


Issues arranged along a regional approach from north to south 

Eileen Kose: “We are not Looking for Diamonds – We are Looking for Red Stones”. Archaeology of Iron in Kavango (4763) 

Michael Pröpper: Trust, Sharing, and Cooperation in the Central Kavango Region, NorthEast Namibia. Linking the Results of Experimental Economics with Ethnographic Research (6477) 

Wilhelm Möhlig: Naming Modern Concepts in RuManyo (Bantu Language of the Kavango) (7889) 

Hildi Hendrickson: Toward a CrossCultural Analysis of Dress in 19th and 20th Century in Namibia (88102)  

Glenn Conroy: The Discovery of Otavipithecus, Southern Africa’s first Fossil Ape (103108) 

Julia Pauli & Michael Schnegg: Living Together, Writing Together: An Ethnographic Project on Culture and History in Fransfontein (109115) 

Megan Biesele: The Nyae Nyae Village Schools Project of the Ju/´Hoan San: A CommunityBased Education Programme in Namibia (116126) 

Richard B. Lee: A Brief Historyof the TUCSINBased UNAMToronto Programme on Social and Cultural Aspects of HIV/AIDS (127131) 

Jason Owens and Monica Nambelela: Can’t Namibia’s (Ex)GDRKids be Called Adults in this, the Year Namibia Itself Turned 18 Years Old? (132140) 

Sabine Klocke-Daffa: The Modernity of Traditionalists. Culture Change, Identity and the Impact of the State among the Namibian Khoekoen (174182) 

Ralf Vogelsang: The RockShelter “Apollo 11” – Evidence of Early Humans in SouthWestern Namibia (183193)


How to order the book:  

Limpricht, C & M. Biesele (eds.) (2008). Heritage and Cultures in Modern Namibia  Indepth Views of the Country. A TUCSINFestschrift.  

WindhoekGoettingen   (ISBN Europe: 9783933117397; ISBN Namibia: 9789991657271) 



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