Megan Biesele: The Ju/’hoan San of Nyae Nyae (Namibia) since Independence

Megan Biesele: The Ju/’hoan San of Nyae Nyae (Namibia) since Independence


Location: Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Klosterberg 23, 4001 Basel

Di, 07.05.2013, 18:15 Uhr

Megan Biesele: The Ju/’hoan San of Nyae Nyae (Namibia) since Independence

Vortrag (in Englischer Sprache) zur aktuellen Situation der Ju/'hoan San Bevölkerung im Nordosten Namibias und der Arbeit der Nyae Nyae Conservancy (NNC).

Der Vortrag (in Englischer Sprache) findet im Rahmen des Tuesday Research Seminar in African History des Departments Geschichte der Universität Basel statt.

This talk outlines the current situation of the Ju/’hoan San people of northeastern Namibia and their Nyae Nyae Conservancy (NNC), the first internationally recognized conservancy set up in Namibia after Independence. The NNC is today both the Ju/’hoan people’s organization AND their recognized representative body for communications with the Government of the Republic of Namibia. Growing from a grassroots local cooperative since 1986, the NNC has a uniquely important history within both pre- and post-1990 Independence politics. This history is the transformation of a former hunting and gathering people from a relatively independent and self-sufficient society into an economically struggling minority in a newly-independent nation state.

Megan Biesele directs the Kalahari Peoples Fund, a US-based advocacy organization. Since the 1970s she has worked with Ju/’hoan San communities in Botswana and Namibia developing curriculum and language archives. She directed the Nyae Nyae Development Foundation at the time of Namibian Independence, and helped establish both the Nyae Nyae Village Schools Project and the Nyae Nyae Conservancy. Her publications include “Women Like Meat”: The Folklore and Foraging Ideology of the Kalahari Ju/’hoan (Witwatersrand and Indiana, 1993) and Hunters and Gatherers in the Modern World (co-editor, Berghahn Books, 2000).