Browsing Category Rock Paintings/ Bushman art

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.
Blundell (G.), Chippendale (C.) & Smith (B.) eds. SEEING AND KNOWING, understanding rock art with and without ethnography.
314 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2010. R395
A collection of essays that focus on the extent of David Lewis Williams' contribution to the field of rock art research internationally, with particular emphasis on the use of theory and methodology drawn from ethnography.

"This collection of essays makes a relevant and significant contribution to the field of rock art research. Many of the chapters are based on solid fieldwork and ethnography that offer a new body of evidence for differentiation between knowing and simply seeing." Janette Deacon

Contributions include:
"Flashes of Brilliance: San rock paintings of heaven's things" by Sven Ouzman
"Snake and Veil: the rock paintings of Driekopseiland, Northern Cape, South Africa" by David Morris
"Cups and Sauces: a preliminary investigation of the rock paintings of Tsolido Hills, northern Botswana" by Nick Walker
"Art and Authorship in Southern African Rock Art: examining the Limpopo-Shashe Confluence Area" by Edward Eastwood, Geoffrey Blundell and Benjamin Smith
"'Meaning Cannot Rest or Stay the Same'" by Patricia Vinnicombe
"Beyond Rock Art: archaeological interpretation and the shamanic frame" by Neil Price.

Geoffrey Blundell is Curator of the Origins Centre museum at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Christopher Chippendale is Reader in Archaeology and Curator for British Collections at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge University.
Benjamin Smith is Director of the Rock Art Research Unit (RARI) at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Eastwood (E.) & (C.) CAPTURING THE SPOOR, an exploration of southern African rock art
216 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2006. R265
Edward and Cathelijne Eastwood examine the rock art of the central Limpopo basin created by four distinct cultural groups: the recent military inscriptions of South Africans of European descent; the finger-paintings and engravings of Bantu-speakers, specifically the Northern Sotho and, possibly, the Venda; the finger-paintings of the Khoekhoen, formerly known as 'Hottentots'; and the rock engravings and paintings of the San or Bushman. They also discuss the interaction and connection between these groups.

Zoologist and horticulturist Edward Eastwood is a research associate of the University of the Witwatersrand's Rock Art Research Institute. Cathelijne and Edward Eastwood founded Palaeo-Art Field Services in 1991.
Ego (R.) VISIONARY ANIMAL, rock art from southern Africa, translated by Deke Dusinberre
326pp., colour illus., map., hardback, First English Language Edition, Johannesburg, 2019. R580
First published in France in 2015 as L'animal Voyeur, art rupestre d'Afrique australe.

"This is a magnificant book, at once a poetic and a scholarly reclamation of the authority and integrity of the art in San painting. Renaud Ego has done what no one writing about these images has managed to do before, and that is to explode the boundaries that have contained and constrained rock art research. In his extraordinary prose, and beautiful photographs, he reanimates the paintings for us, reminding us that the pervasive forms of academic iconographical analysis have 'decomposed' them of their vibrant wholeness. It is a deeply moving publication." Pippa Skotnes, Professor of Fine Art: Centre for Curating the Archive, University of Cape Town, and author of Unconquerable Spirit: George Stow's history paintings of the San

French poet, novelist and essayist Renaud Ego is a specialist in southern African rock art. He is the author of Le Geste du Regard and the collection of essays, Une légende des yeux.
Forssman (T.) & Gutteridge (L.) BUSHMAN ROCK ART, an interpretive guide
237 pp., maps, colour illus., paperback, Durban, 2012. R295
A guide to understanding the meaning of Bushman rock art. Also includes a guide to rock art sites on South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

Foreword by Professor Peter Mitchell, School of Archeaology, University of Oxford.

Archaeologist Tim Forssman is currently studying his PhD at the University of Oxford.
Lee Gutteridge is a paleoanthropological field guide and the principal trainer at the Entabeni Nature Guide Training School.
Kruiper (B.) & Kruiper (V.R.) MOOI LOOP, the sacred art of Vetkat Regopstaan Kruiper
55 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, (Durban), 2011. R336
A collection of Vetkat Regopstaan Boesman Kruiper's writings and artwork, which also includes poems by his wife Belinda Kruiper.

Khomani Bushman Regopstaan Kruiper, also known as Vetkat, was born at Twee Rivieren, a rest camp in the then Kalahari Gemsbok Park, now known as the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park. An artist and musician, he lived on a farm called "Blinkwater" outside the park until his sudden death in 2007, aged 38. Belinda Kruiper was born in Cape Town. While working as a receptionist at the park, she met Vetkat and married him in 1999. With her help his artwork became well-known both locally and abroad. Belinda now lives in Welkom and works to promote Khomai art and craft and to restore dignity to the people of the Kalahari. She has also written a book with Elana Bregin called "Kalahari Rain-Song" (2004).

Text in English and Afrikaans.
Lewis-Williams (D.) & Challis (S.) DECIPHERING ANCIENT MINDS, the mystery of San Bushman rock art
224 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., London, 2011. R450
David Lewis-Williams and Sam Challis examine San rock art and nineteenth century transcriptions of interviews with San people in order to provide insight into San beliefs and ways of thought.

David Lewis-Williams is Professor Emeritus and Senior Mentor in the Rock Art Research Institute, University of the Witwatersrand. His many books include "The Mind in the Cave: consciousness and the origins of art", which was awarded the James Henry Breasted Prize, and "Believing and Seeing: symbolic meanings in the southern San rock paintings".
Sam Challis is a rock art specialist at the Rock Art Research Institute, lecturing for the Department of Archaeology, University of the Witwatersrand.
Lewis-Williams (J.D.) DISCOVERING SOUTHERN AFRICAN ROCK ART,
102 pp., map, illus., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (1996) 2000. R91
David Lewis-Williams is Director of the Rock Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Lewis-Williams (J.D.) SAN ROCK ART, a Jacana pocket guide
157 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2011. R140
An introduction to San rock paintings by David Lewis-Williams, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Rock Art Research Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Mguni (S.) TERMITES OF THE GODS, San cosmology in southern African rock art
202pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R440
Siyakha Mguni narrates his search for the meaning of the theme in San rock paintings known as "formlings", and argues that formlings are representations of flying termites and their underground nests.

"This book has the potential to change the public perception of San rock art as a relatively trivial pastime and replace it with convincing evidence that many images and themes are in fact based on sophisticated religious symbolism that permeated all aspects of San life over thousands of years. It is a milestone in rock art interpretation because it focuses specifically on the complexity of one particular theme, the elusive formlings, which have challenged rock art specialists for decades." Janette Deacon, co-author of "Human Beginnings in South Africa: uncovering the secrets of the stone age"

Siyakha Mguni is project manager of the International Rock Art Collaboration coordinated from the Rock Art Research Institute, School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand
Mitchell (P.) & Smith (B.) eds. THE ELAND'S PEOPLE, new perspectives on the rock art of the Maloti-Drakensberg Bushmen, essays in memory of Patricia Vinnicombe
214 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2009. R400
A companion volume to Patricia Vinnicombe's groundbreaking book on the rock art of the Maloti-Drakensberg Bushmen, "People of the Eland", published in 1976 and reprinted in 2009. In their essays leading scholars in the field explain how knowledge has changed since the publication of "People of the Eland", but how current research is still influenced by the book.

Essays include "Contextualising 'People of the Eland'" by Lynn Meskell,
"Originals and Copies: a phenomenological difference" by Nessa Leibhammer,
"Meaning Then, Meaning Now: changes in the interpretative process in San rock art studies" by David Pearce, Catherine Namono and Lara Mallen,
"Images in Time: advances in the dating of Maloti-Drakensberg rock art since the 1970s" by Aron Mazel,
"Gathering Together a History of the 'People of the Eland': towards an archaeology of Maloti-Drakensberg hunter-gatherers" by Peter Mitchell, and
"Rereading 'People of the Eland'" by David Whitley.

Peter Mitchell is Professor of African Archaeology, University of Oxford.
Benjamin Smith is the Director of the Rock Art Research Institute, University of the Witwatersrand.
Parkington (J.) THE MANTIS, THE ELAND AND THE HUNTER,
63 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2002. R115
First in a proposed series of guides to the archeology and rock art of the Cedarberg and neigbouring areas.

Some of the Cederberg rock paintings are interpreted with the help of Ju'/hoansi or /Xam texts or stories.
"The title of the guide is taken from a story that appears to have been widespread in Southern Africa: the creation of the eland by the mantis and its subsequent death at the hands of the hunter".
Parkington (J.) & Morris (D.) text & Rusch (N.) photo. KAROO ROCK ENGRAVINGS, marking places in the landscape
127 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Clanwilliam, 2008. R220
The fourth book in the ongoing series of publications about the archaeology of southern Africa produced by the Krakadouw Trust on behalf of the Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project.

The other titles in the series are "The Mantis, the Eland and the Hunter", "Cederberg Rock Paintings" and "Shorelines, Strandlopers and Shell Middens" by John Parkington.
Parkington (J.) text CEDERBERG ROCK PAINTINGS,
127 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2003. R220
Second in a proposed series of volumes on the archeology and rock paintings of the Cederberg and neighbouring areas.
Photographs by Neil Rusch.
John Parkington is Professor of Archeology at the University of Cape Town.
Parkington (J.) text & Rusch (N.) photo. SAN ROCK ENGRAVINGS, marking the Karoo landscape
128 pp., colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2010. R210
An exploration of the San rock engravings found in the Karoo. John Parkington looks at the significance of the places engraved and the meaning of the images selected as subjects.

John Parkington is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town.
Rust (R.) text & van der Poll (J.) photo. WATER, STONE AND LEGEND, rock art of the Klein Karoo
128 pp., colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2011. R190
Renée Rust and Jan van der Poll document the San rock art found in the Karoo and explore its relationship to shamanistic rituals and to stories of mythical beings called "watermeide", said to dwell in the solitary springs and watercourses of this area.

Archaeologist Renée Rust has researched the San paintings found in the Klein Karoo and in the Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains for more than two decades.
Journalist and photographer Jan van der Poll works for the Western Cape government's museum service.
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.) UNCONQUERABLE SPIRIT, George Stow's history paintings of the San
218 pp., oblong 4to., maps, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2008. R350
Geologist George Stow arrived in South Africa in the mid-19th century. He became acquainted with San rock paintings and set out to record them. In this book Pippa Skotnes reproduces all George Stow's copies that have survived, as well as examples of the many maps, drawings, notes and poems he produced. He died in 1882.

Pippa Skotnes is Professor of Fine Art and Director of the Centre for Curating the Archive at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She is the author of "Miscast: negotiating the presence of the Bushmen" (1996), "Heaven's Things" (1999) and "Claim to the Country: the archive of Lucy Lloyd and Wilhelm Bleek" (2007). She has also produced several private press books, including "Sound from the Thinking Strings" (1991).
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.
Skotnes (P.) ed. ROCK ART MADE IN TRANSLATION, framing images from and of the landscape
103 pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, CD, Johannesburg, 2010. R125
Catalogue of the exhibition, Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town, November 2010 to September 2011.

This publication focuses on copies of rock art as acts of translation that tranform the "unboundedness" of the original rock paintings or engravings into the framed and recomposed images of the copy.

Includes the essays:
"Framing Rock Art, Making Compositions" by Pippa Skotnes,
"'It is on the earth in my country, it is abundant', Lucy Lloyd and the images from the landscape of !nanni, Tamme, Iuma and Da, 1879-1881" by Marlene Winberg,
"Knowing the Landscape, Dorothea Bleek and the rock art of the San" by Jill Weintroub,
"Written On Stone, Translated Through Time, religious rock writing in some occupied southern African rock shelters" by Pieter Jolly,
"Tracing the !khwa ka Xoro, or Water-Bull" by Janette Deacon.

Includes a CD of the compositions "Ukuthula", a traditional African lullaby, and "Horizons", written by Peter Louis van Dijk and sung by the UCT Choir conducted by John Woodland. "Ukuthula" opens "Horizons", a work based on an eighteenth-century San painting of a Dutch ship.

Pippa Skotnes is an artist, Professor of Fine Art and the director of the Centre for Curating the Archive at the University of Cape Town.


Smith (B.), Helskog (K.) & Morris (D.) eds. WORKING WITH ROCK ART, recording, presenting and understanding rock art using indigenous knowledge
312 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R390
A collection of essays that consider - in a theoretical rather than a technical fashion - new approaches in the documentation, interpretation and presentation of rock art.

Benjamin Smith is Director of the Rock Art Institute, University of the Witwatersrand.
Knut Helskog is Professor of Archaeology at Tromsǿ University, Norway.
David Morris is Head of Archaeology at McGregor Museum in Kimberely.
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.

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Vinnicombe (P.) PEOPLE OF THE ELAND, rock paintings of the Drakensberg Bushmen as a reflection of their life and thought
37 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, (1976) 2009. R650
Reprint of Patricia's Vinnicombe's book on Bushmen paintings found in the southern Drakensberg, first published in 1976 in a limited edition of 1000 copies. In the book she relates the paintings to what is known of their history, beliefs, and attitudes to life.