Browsing Category Anthropology, Archaeology & Ethnography

Bank (A.) ed. KRONOS 31, journal of Cape history, November 2005
288 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2005. R190
Articles include "History and Film: a roundtable discussion of 'Proteus'" edited by Susan Newton-King. "Proteus" is a feature film directed by Jack Lewis (South Africa) & John Greyson (Canada). Also includes "The Private Performance of Events" colonial period rock art from the Swartruggens" by Simon Hall & Aron Mazel & "Photography with a Difference: Leon Levson's camera studies and photographic exhibitions of native life in South Africa, 1947-1950" by Gary Minkley & Ciraj Rassool.
Beumers (E.) ed. AFRICA MEETS AFRICA, The African Collection of the Museum of Ethnology Rotterdam
127 pp., 4to., map, colour illus., hardback, Rotterdam, 1996. OUT OF PRINT
Includes the essay, "A String to Heaven, from South African Soil" by Elza Miles.

Includes Swazi, Zulu and Shona neckrests, a Nguni beaded apron, a Zulu beaded cape, stick, war shield and cereminal axe, Swazi clubs, a Tsonga-Shangana dance staff, ceremonial staffs and a power figure from Angola, pipes from St. Helena, as well a sculpture,"The Angel Gabriel" by Owen Ndou, and much more.
Brenner (J.) et al -LIFE-LINE-KNOT, six object biographies
108pp., b/w & colour illus., map, paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R310
A collection of esays about objects in the collection at Wits Art Museum, based on research by postgraduate History of Art students at the University of the Witwatersrand and their lecturers: Joni Brenner, Laura De Becker, Stacey Vorster and Justine Wintjes. This book accompanies the exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery.

"A particularly exciting and important aspect of this project is the reinvigoration of art history in a South African context. Through the association with Wits Art Museum, students have the privilege of doing original research with objects, of seeking links across disciplines and time-frames, and of finding new paths beyond western-tradition art historical practice" Anonymous peer reviewer

Contributions include:
"A Project Against Abstraction" by Joni Brenner, Laura De Becker, Stacey Vorster and Justine Wintjes
"A Pot Full of People: piecing together King Mandume ya Ndemufayo's pot" by Laura De Becker and Susan Middleton
"Guy Tillim: Congo Democratic" by Joni Brenner and Nomcebo Sithole.
De Becker (L.) & Nettleton (A.) eds. ACTIVATE/ CAPTIVATE, collections re-engagement at Wits Art Museum
192pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R340
"This publication discusses the many ways the tertiary education community of Gauteng has interacted with the permanent collection of African art at Wits Art Museum since its official re-opening in 2012." from the inside front cover

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Wits Art Museum (WAM), Johannesburg, 2015.

Contributions include:
"What's in the Storerooms? Unpacking the genesis and growth of the Wits Art Museum collections" by Julia Charlton
"Valuing the Art of Handcraft: engaging creatively with the African art collections at Wits Art Museum" by Walter Oltmann
"Talking Authenticity: museum and flea market works in teaching African art art Wits" by Anitra Nettleton
"Silence in the Storerooms" by Laura De Becker
"'The absence of models is an occupational hazard'" by Joni Brenner and Stacey Vorster.

Anitra Nettleton is Director and Chair of the Centre for the Creative Arts (CCAA) and Academic Head at WAM. Her other books include "African Dream Machines: style identity and meaning of African headrests".
Laura De Becker was an Andrew W Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at WAM from 2013-2015. She is currently the Helmut and Candis Stern Associate Curator of African Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, USA.
De Becker (L.) & Nettleton (A.) DOING HAIR, art and hair in Africa
68pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R200
Published in conjunction with the exhibition, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, 2014.

Essays include:
"Museums, Hair, and Narratives" by Erin Rosenberg
"'Talking nonsense, making sense'" by Dipalesa Mpye
"Barbershop Signs" by Anitra Nettleton and Susan Middleton
"Inseparable", Hazel Cuthbertson and Laura De Becker on what happens to hair in African societies once it is removed from people's scalps.
Magubane (P.) photo. AFRICAN RENAISSANCE,
168 pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2000. OUT OF PRINT
Text by Sandra Klopper.
Documents contemporary rural life in South Africa: traditional styles of dress, beadwork and other forms of adornment, rites of passage, artistic traditions and the murals and vernacular forms of architecture practiced in rural areas across the country.
127 pp., maps, colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2006. OUT OF STOCK
The shell heaps, bones and artefacts found along the shoreline of South Africa are examined for information about how people lived along the shore.

John Parkington is Professor of Archeology at the University of Cape Town.
Skotnes (P.) CLAIM TO THE COUNTRY, the archive of Lucy Lloyd and Wilhelm Bleek
288 pp., 4to., map, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., CD-Rom, Johannesburg & Athens, Ohio, 2007. OUT OF STOCK
Includes the complete !xam and !kun texts given in the 1870s and 1880s by Ia!kunta, IIkabbo, =kasin, Dia!kwain, !kweiten ta IIken and Ihan=kass'o; also the boys Iuma, Tamme, Da and !nanni, along with their watercolours and drawings never before published in their entirety. Also includes selected photographs, documents, letters and notes, including contributions from Jemima Bleek and Dorothea Bleek and contextualising essays by John Parkington, Nigel Penn, John Wright, Anthony Traill, Anne Solomon, Roger Hewitt, Stephen Watson, David Lewis-Williams, Pippa Skotnes and Eustacia Riley. It comes with a CD-Rom, "The Digital Bleek and Lloyd", which includes scans of every part of the 114 Lucy Lloyd Ixam notebooks, 13 Lloyd (mostly) !kun notebooks, 28 Wilhelm Bleek Ixam notebooks, Jemima Bleek's one Korana and !kun notebook, all the drawings and watercolours & a searchable annotated index for all the narratives and contributors.

Pippa Skotnes is Professor of Fine Art and Director of the Lucy Lloyd Archive, Resource and Exhibition Centre (Llarec) at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She is the author of several books on the Ixam (Cape San or Bushmen), including "Sound from the Thinking Strings" (1991), "Miscast: negotiating the presence of the Bushmen" (1996) and "Heaven's Things" (1999). This book is part of a Llarec project to digitise, research and publish the Bleek and Lloyd Archive.
Skotnes (P.) curator & ed. MISCAST, negotiating the presence of the Bushmen
383 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 1996. OUT OF PRINT
Catalogue of the exhibition, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 1996.

"In 'Miscast: negotiating the presence of the Bushmen', eminent scholars explore the term 'Bushman', and the relationships that gave rise to it, from the perspectives of anthropology, archaeology, comparative religion, literary studies, art history, and musicology...A parallel text runs throughout the book and provides a counter narrative to the central discourses. The book is richly illustrated with previously unpublished photographs and documents from many archives and museum collections."

Forewords by Marilyn Martin & Patricia Davison. Essays and parallel text by Pippa Skotnes, Stephen Greenblatt, David Chidester, Ian Glenn, Robert Ross, Alan G.Morris, Nigel Penn, Janette Deacon, Michael Godby, Paul S.Landau, Martin Hall, Anthony Traill, Edwin Wilmsen, Aron Mazel, Pieter Jolly, Frans E.Prins, Mathias Guenther, Alan Barnard, Andrew B.Smith, Rob Gordon, Ciraj Rassool & Leslie Witz, Barbara Buntman, John Parkington, Anne Solomon, Deidre Hansen, J.David Lewis-Williams, Thomas Dowson, John Sharp & Stuart Douglas, Paul Weinberg, & Carmel Schrire.
Szalay (M.) ed. THE MOON AS SHOE/ DER MOND ALS SHUH, drawings of the San, drawings and watercolours by Diä!Kwain, /Han=Kass'o, !Nanni, Tamme, /Uma and Da / zeichnungen der San, zeichnungen und aquarelle von DiäKwain, /Han=Kass'o, !Nanni, Tamme, /Uma und Da
311 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, Zurich, 2002. R950
Catalogue of the exhibition, Völkerkundemuseum, University of Zurich, 2002 and the South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 2003.

Contributions by Megan Biesele, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Elias Canetti, Janette Deacon, Keith Dietrich, Mathias G.Guenther, Roger L.Hewitt and Miklós Szalay.

Drawings and watercolours from 1875-1881 made by six informants of Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd.

Text in English & German.

Tiley-Nel (S.) NATIONAL TREASURES, the Mapungubwe gold collection of the University of Pretoria
59pp., colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2017. R295
Selection of the gold artefacts discovered on Mapungubwe Hill in the 1930s, including three figurines, nails, bead necklaces and bracelets, coil necklaces, bracelets and anklets, a vessel and a sceptre.
Tyrrell (B.) text & illus. & Jurgens (P.) text AFRICAN HERITAGE,
276 pp., map, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Reprint, Johannesburg, (1983) 1986. OUT OF PRINT
Examines the traditional beliefs, customs and rituals of the different tribes of southern Africa, illustrated with Barbara Tyrrells's detailed drawings and paintings.
van Schalkwyk (L.) et. al ZULU TREASURES/ AMAGUGU KAZULU, of kings & commoners, a celebration of the material culture of the Zulu people/ amakhosi nabantukazana, umgubho wezinto ezihambisana namasiko amaZulu
216 pp., 4to., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Reprint, (Durban), (1996) 2011. OUT OF STOCK
Reprint of the 1996 catalogue of an exhibition which showcased Zulu cultural artefacts held by museums in KwaZulu-Natal, including pottery, woodcarving, grass weaving and metalwork.

Essays include:
"The Land of the Zulu Kings" by John Laband.
"Zulu Cattle: colour patterns and imagery in the names of Zulu cattle" by Marguerite Poland
"The Matter of Kings is not Kept/ Indaba yamakhosi ayibanjelwa mlando" by Gillian Berning
"Domestic Arts: carved wooden objects for the home" by Linsay Hooper
"Zulu Earplugs" by Frank Jolles
"Traditional Zulu Pottery" by Juliet Armstrong and Ian Calder
"Some Zulu Uses for the Animal Domains: livestock (imfuyo) and game (izilwane)" by Robert Papini.
Voigt (L.) illus. & Poland (M.) & Hammond-Tooke (D.) text THE ABUNDANT HERDS, a celebration of the Nguni cattle of the Zulu people
144 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, (2003) 2004. OUT OF STOCK
Illustrated with oil and watercolour paintings and sepia drawings of Nguni cattle by Leigh Voigt.
"Cattle have become a part of the spiritual and aesthetic lives of the [Zulu] people, which has given rise to a poetic and complex naming system. The fine and subtle nuance of the Zulu language captures the delicate interrelationship between cattle terminology and the natural world, where the colour and pattern of a hide, or the shape of a pair of horns, is metaphorically linked to images in nature."
Weinberg (P.) text & photo. IN SEARCH OF THE SAN,
80 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 1997. OUT OF PRINT
Documentary photographer Paul Weinberg visited Bushman communites in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa between 1984 and 1997 in an attempt to record the reality of a dispossessed and marginalised people drifting away from their culture as they struggle to survive.

Includes an introduction, "The Bushmen - a profile" written by Riaan de Villiers.
222 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, London, 2013. OUT OF STOCK
Dan Wylie tracks twenty-three crocodilian species and compares what science has discovered about these reptiles with their depictions in myth, art and literature around the world.

Includes a chapter on central and southern Africa.

"This series... calls itself 'a new kind of animal history'. It is splendidly, even brilliantly, so. I have nothing but praise for it". James Fleming, The Spectator.

Dan Wylie is Professor of English at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.