Browsing Category Khoisan/ Bushman Studies

JU/'HOAN, Tsumkwe dialect, da'abi!oa n=omtciasi kokxuisi =xanua/ children's picture dictionary/ prenteboek vir kinders
125 pp., illus., spiral-bound, Pietermaritzburg, 2014. R265
Adhikari (M.) THE ANATOMY OF A SOUTH AFRICAN GENOCIDE, the extermination of the Cape San peoples
120 pp., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2010. R160
An introduction to the history of the Cape San peoples.

"The book provides a succinct and accessible summary of a large body of scholarship on San colonial history. This makes it useful to both academic and lay reader. The book is a high-quality contribution to public education about the colonial history of the San." Mathias Guenther, Emeritus Professor of Social-Cultural Anthropology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.

"The author's research and command of the literature is impressive. The judgements are well balanced, fair and based on sound scholarship. This is an accessible book that will help to expand consciousness about the fate of the San and introduce South African students to debates about genocide in a colonial context." Nigel Penn, Associate Professor, Department of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town
Adhikari (M.) ed. GENOCIDE ON SETTLER SOCIETIES, when hunter-gatherers and commercial stock-farmers clash
356 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R405
A collection of essays on the history of settler genocide in Africa, Australia and North America.

"The book is on the cutting edge of scholarship on settler genocide. The focus on the conflict between hunter-gatherers and commercial stock farmers advances our understanding of these murderous conflicts. The book adds very important dimensions to the historiography on genocide and settler genocide in particular." Professor Norman Naimark, Stanford University

Contributions include:
"'We are Determined to Exterminate Them': the genocidal impetus behind commercial stock farmer invasions of hunter-gatherer territories" and "'The Bushman is a Wild Animal to be Shot at Sight': annihilation of the Cape Colony's foraging societies by stock-farming settlers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries" by Mohamed Adhikari
"'Like a Wild Beast, He Can be Got for the Catching'" child forced labour and the 'taming' of the San along the Cape's north-eastern frontier" by Jared McDonald
"'We Exterminated Them, and Dr. Philip Gave the Country': the Griqua people and the elimination of San from South Africa's Transorangia region" by Edward Cavanagh
"'Vogelfrei' and "Besitzlos', with no Concept of Property: divergent settler responses to Bushmen and Damara in German South West Africa" by Robert Gordon
"Why Racial Paternalism and not Genocide? The case of the Ghanzi Bushmen of Bechuanaland" by Mathias Guenther
"The Destruction of Hunter-Gatherer Societies on the Pastoralist Frontier: the Cape and Australia compared" by Nigel Penn.

Mohamed Adhikari is an Associate Professor in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town.
Bank (A,) BUSHMEN IN A VICTORIAN WORLD, the remarkable story of the Bleek-Lloyd Collection of Bushman folklore
422 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2006. R185
Tells the story of the collaboration between Dr Wilhelm Bleek and his sister-in-law Lucy Lloyd and their five Bushmen informants, /A!kunta, //Kabbo, Dia!kwain, #Kasin and /Han=kass'o, who worked together to record the language and culture of the /Xam Bushmen in the 1870s.

Andrew Bank lectures in the History Department at the Univerity of the Western Cape.
Bennun (N.) THE BROKEN STRING, the last words of an extinct people
419 pp., maps, illus., hardback, d.w., London, 2004. OUT OF PRINT
Neil Bennun draws on the notebooks of Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd to tell the story of the bushmen and to explore their rock art.
Bleek (W.H.I.) & Lloyd (L.C.) comp. SPECIMENS OF BUSHMEN FOLKLORE,
468 pp., illus., hardback, d.w., Facsimile reprint, Einsiedeln, (1911) 2001. OUT OF PRINT
Foreword by Megan Biesele.

A facsimile reprint of Bushmen tales collected by Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd originally published in 1911, with the /Xam text and English translations on facing pages.



Boden (G.) comp. & ed. !QAMTEE /AA =XANYA, "The Book of Traditions", histories, texts and illustrations from the !Xoon and 'N/ohan people of Namibia
108 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Basel, 2007. R195
A collection of oral history accounts from the Taa-speaking people living in Namibia. This booklet is a product of research on the language, cultural practices and oral histories of Namibian Taa-speakers undertaken by the Volkswagen Foundation's initiative "Documentation of Endangered Languages".
Coetzee (R.) A FEAST FROM NATURE, !garob=un, food culture of the first humans on planet earth
232pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Hermanus, 2015. R575
Renate Coetzee documents what the San hunter-gatherers and the Khoi-Khoin pastoral herders ate and how they prepared what they ate.

Preface by Himla Soodyall. Foreword by Mark Solms.

First South African publication printed on stone paper, made from construction waste and/or stone, without using water or cellulose.

Renate Coetzee is also the author of "South African Culinary Tradition", "Funa, food from Africa", and "Kukumakranka - Khoi-Khoin culture, customs and creative cooking".
Coetzee (R.) text & Miros (V.) photos KUKUMAKRANKA, Khoi-Khoin culture, customs and creative cooking
175 pp., oblong 4to., colour illus., hardback , Pretoria, 2010. R365
This publication is a shortened version of a scientific study on the culinary culture and customs of the Khoi-Khoin undertaken by Renata Coetzee. Includes chapters on pre-colonial and transitional Khoi-Khoian customs and cultural practices interspersed with traditional recipes converted into dishes suited to the modern palate.

Renate Coetzee has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the North-West University for her research on the food culture of South Africa's indigenous peoples. She is also the author of "Funa Food from Africa, roots of African food culture" and "Spys en Drank, die oorsprong van die Afrikaanse eetkultuur".
de Graaff (B.) WARE MENSE,
158pp., colour illus., maps, hardback, d.w., First Afrikaans Language Edition, Pretoria, 2017. R250
Originally published in 2016 in Dutch as "Ik, Yzerbek". Translated by Daniel Hugo.

Bart de Graaff is a Dutch historian and journalist with an interest in South African politics and history. In 2015 and 2016 he travelled around southern Africa interviewing people, wanting to know more about the Khoi Khoi, the "original people". He tells some of their stories in his book.
de Jongh (M.) ROOTS AND ROUTES, Karretjie People of the Great Karoo, the marginalisation of a South African First People
221 pp., 4to., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2012. R320
A study of the "Karretjie People" (Donkey Cart People), direct descendants of the /Xam (San/Bushmen), the earliest inhabitants of the Karoo interior. Itinerant sheep-shearers, this marginalised community roam the Karoo in their donkey carts in search of work, sleeping over on the roadside in make-shift overnight shelters.

Anthropologist Michael de Jongh is Professor Emeritus at the University of South Africa (UNISA).
de Kok (K.) GOING BACK TO SAY GOODBYE, a boyhood on the mine
138pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R195
In his memoir Kenneth de Kok writes about growing up in the small mining community of Stilfontein in the Western Transvaal in the 1950s.

"A childhood caught in amber - so clear in writing, exquisite in detail and glimmering in delicate beauty, that, peering closely, it helps us fathom today." Antjie Krog

"Just in time, before it vanishes over the horizon forever, Kenneth de Kok gives us the South Africa of the 1950s as it appeared to the fresh and innocent eyes of a child." JM Coetzee

Kenneth de Kok was born in 1949 in Stilfontein. He left South Africa in 1971 to avoid further military service and after living in the UK and Holland he immigrated to Canada in 1978.
de Prada-Samper (J.) comp & ed THE MAN WHO CURSED THE WIND/ DIE MAN WAT DIE WIND VERVLOEK HET, and other stories from the Karoo/ en ander stories van die Karoo
352pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R440
Translations by Jaline de Villiers, Philip John, Sanet Lombard, Izak Meyer and Willemien van de Walt.

A selection of tales gathered in Afrikaans from present-day Karoo storytellers, presented here in English. Such tales were first documented among /xam hunter-gatherers in the 1870s by Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd.

"A real milestone. A terrific achievement." John Parkington, author of "Shorelines, Strandlopers and Shell Middens" and co-author of "First People, ancestors of the San"

"This is a treasure of tales thought long-forgotten, but found to be alive and well among Karoo storytellers." Don Pinnock

"A revelation, with far-reaching implications for the way the literature, culture and history of the region are understood." Michael Anthony Wessels, University of the Western Cape and author of "Bushman Letters"

José Manuel de Prada-Samper is a Spanish folkorist and translator. Currently he is a research associate in the Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town. He lives in Barcelona.
Deacon (J.) & Skotnes (P.) eds. THE COURAGE OF //KABBO, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of "Specimens of Bushman Folklore"
455 pp., 4to., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback , Cape Town, 2014. R520
A collection of papers presented at "The Courage of //Kabbo Conference" held in Cape Town in 2011.

Contributions include:
"From Landscape to Literature: 'Specimens' in images" by Pippa Skotnes
"The Life of the Louis Fourie Archive of Khoisan Ethnologica" by Carolyn Hamilton and Ann Wanless
"The Bleek and Lloyd Collection and Rock Art Research: 1974-2011" by J.D.Lewis-Williams
"Dream and Stories" by Mathias Guenther
"Men and Lions: engraved forever on Brinkkop hills" by Janette Deacon
"Locating /Xam beliefs and practices in a contemporary KhoeSan context" by Chris low
"//Kabbo's Legacy: San heritage conservation and language development today" by Megan Biesele
"Archives in Heaven: a tribute to the courage of //Kabbo" by Isabel Hofmeyr.
Eastwood (E.) & (C.) CAPTURING THE SPOOR, an exploration of southern African rock art
216pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town , 2006. R350
Edward and Cathelijne Eastwood examine the rock art of the central Limpopo basin, the work of four formerly distinct groups: people of European descent, the Northern Sotho and Venda, the Khoekhoen, and the San.
Eloff (F.) & du Toit (K.) KINDERS VAN DIE DUINE, die lewe en omgewing van die Kalahari Boesman van weleer
187pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Krugersdorp, 2012. R325
Zoologist Fritz Eloff's homage to the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert and their unique way of life.

Professor Fritz Eloff was head of the Department of Zoology at Pretoria University for 31 years, on the executive of the SA Rugby Board for 30 years, president of Northern Transvaal Rugby Union for 26 years, chairman of the National Parks Board for 16 years and chaired the Council of Curators, Transvaal Museum, for 28 years and served on the International Rugby Board for 27 years. He was renowned for his research on the Kalahari lion, which culminated in the publication of "Hunters of the Dunes, the story of the Kalahari lion".
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 in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

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

Archaeologist Tim Forssman is currently studying his PhD at the University of Oxford.
Lee Gutteridge is a paleoanthroplogical field guide and the principal trainer at the Entabeni Nature Guide Training School.
Glynn (P.) WHAT DAWID KNEW, a journey with the Kruipers
236 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R220
For two months in 2011 Patricia Glynn travelled through the Kalahari with Dawid Kruiper, the elected leader of the Khomani Bushmen, and three generations of the Kruiper family, visiting and documenting places where Dawid and his forebears had roamed.

Adventurer and former radio and TV presenter Patricia Glynn is also the author of "Footing with Sir Richard's Ghost" and "Off Peak."
Hewitt (R.) STRUCTURE, MEANING & RITUAL, in the narratives of the southern San
254 pp., paperback, Second Edition, Johannesburg, (1986) 2008. R229
First published in Germany in 1986. Reprinted for the first time with a revised introduction.

Roger Hewitt analyses "the enitre corpus of /Xam narratives found in the Bleek and Lloyd collection, focusing particularly on the cycle of narratives concerning the trickster /Kaggen (Mantis)."
Hollman (J.C.) ed. CUSTOMS AND BELIEFS OF THE /XAM BUSHMEN,
438 pp., 4to., maps, illus., paperback, Johannesburg & Philadelphia, 2004. R320
Reproduces extracts from Wilhelm Bleek's and Lucy Lloyd's original manuscripts which Dorothea Bleek published between 1931 and 1936 in the journal Bantu Studies under the general title, "Customs and Belief of the /Xam Bushmen".

Introduced and annotated by Jeremy Hollman, with a foreword by Janette Deacon, the book includes Dorothea Bleek's sketch of the grammar of the /Xam language, original drawings by the /Xam informants and photographs taken by Dorothea Bleek of the descendants of these informants.

Jeremy Hollman is a researcher at the Rock Art Research Institute, University of the Witwatersrand.
Howell (N.) LIFE HISTORIES OF THE DOBE !KUNG, food, fatness, and well-being over the life-span
234 pp., map, illus., paperback, Berkeley, 2010. R250
Nancy Howell uses life history analysis to re-examine the anthropological data set for the Dobe !Kung of the Kalahari Desert she and colleagues collected from 1967 to 1969. The results of this research have been described in detail in the books "Kalahari
James (A.) THE FIRST BUSHMAN'S PATH, stories, songs and testimonies of the /Xam of the northern Cape, versions, with commentary
269 pp., maps, paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2001. R215
A collection of re-presentations of a selection of /Xam narrations from the Bleek and Lloyd Collection, together with explanatory notes, by poet Alan James.
Jolly (P.) SONQUA, southern San history and art after contact, an illustrated synthesis
342pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2015. R1050
First published in ebook format in 2014.

Archaeologist Pieter Jolly traces "the impact of immigrant Khoekhoe, Nguni, Sotho and European groups on indigenous San hunter-gatherer communities in present-day South Africa amd Lesotho - from first contact with pastoralists about 2,000 years ago, until the demise of the last hunter-gatherer-raider San groups and their rock art traditions, in the second half of the 19th century." from the inside front cover

Katz (R.), Biesele (M.) & St.Denis (V.) HEALING MAKES OUR HEARTS HAPPY, spirituality & cultural trandformation among the Kalahari Jul'hoansi
213 pp., map, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Rochester, 1997. OUT OF PRINT
Tells the story of the Kalahari Jul'hoansi from the early beginnings of their culture to the social upheaval of the present time and the role that their traditional healing dance plays in helping them sustain and heal their communal way of life in the face of outside pressures.

Clinical Psychologist Richard Katz is the author of "Boiling Energy: community healing among the Kalahari Kung".
Anthropologist Megan Biesele wrote "Women Like Meat: the folklore and foraging ideology of the Kalahari Jul'hoan" and "Shaken Roots: the Bushmen of Namibia".
Keeney (B.) BUSHMAN SHAMAN, awakening the spirit through ecstatic dance
231 pp., paperback, Rochester, 2005. OUT OF PRINT
Bradford Keeney's description of his initiation into the shamanic tradition of the Kalahari Bushmen. He is a scholar of cultural studies for the Ringing Rocks Foundation and a cultural anthropologist at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California.
Keeney (B.) & Keeney (H.) eds. WAY OF THE BUSHMAN, spiritual teachings and practices of the Kalahari Ju/'hoansi, as told by the tribal elders, translated by Beesa Bo
224pp., paperback, Rochester, 2015. R350
Presents the core teachings of the Kalahari Ju/'hoan Bushmen as told in their own words by the tribal elders.

“Bradford and Hillary Keeney have broken through the dusty curtain that often separates anthropologists from the people whose beliefs and practices they want to understand. Instead of writing exclusively about their own impressions, they foreground the teachings of Ju’hoan Bushman elders from northeastern Namibia. Their parallel commentary shows how a form of circular interaction and change-oriented activities have kept the ancient religion and its practitioners alive and successful despite major social upheaval in their community over the past century or more. It is a poignant reminder that the opportunity to share the experiences described with rare insight in this ‘bible’ may never arise in the same way again.” Janette Deacon, archaeologist and co-editor with Pippa Skotnes of "The COurage of //Kabbo, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of 'Specimens of Bushman Folklore'"

“Other anthropologists had not succeeded in pushing through to the deep experience that is the key to Bushman spirituality. With Brad Keeney’s acceptance as a healer, hithero closed doors began to open. This work describes in previously unavailable detail how the Bushmen learn the techniques of transition and transformation,how they journey to the spirit realm, and how they climb the ropes of God. As we read the words of these Bushman elders, we can almost feel what it must be like to undertake such journeys.” David Lewis-Williams, founder of the Rock Art Research Institute, University of Witwatersrand

“First and foremost, Bradford Keeney has danced with the San (Bushmen) and met them at a kinesthetic level of understanding that is unparalleled in previous anthropological research. Having met the elder healers on their own terms, Brad developed a deep relationship that brought a new voice and insight to the representation and interpretation of their healing dance. Hillary and Brad have a very special physical and academic skillset and an exceptional dedication to research. This book reveals new depths in the beliefs and practices of San (Bushman) healing that will hopefully be as valuable for the San (Bushmen) as a record and guide in a fast-changing world as it is for the wider world to appreciate these extraordinary people.” Chris Low, anthropologist and physician, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Traditional healer, scholar and musician Bradford Keeney's other books include "Bushman Shaman and Shaking Medicine". He is regarded as a n/om-kxao (traditional healer or shaman) by Bushmen elders throughout Botswana and Namibia and participated in Bushman ceremonies for more than two decades. Megan Biesele reports (see pg.xv) that he was asked by the Kalahari shamans to take the details of of their healing profession to a wider public. He also served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Rock Art Institute in Johannesburg.
Traditional healer, scholar and dancer Hillary Keeney is associate editor of "Dance, Movement and Spirituality". Together the Keeneys founded the Keeney Institute for Healing.
Kilian-Hatz (C.) & Naudé (D.) FOLKTALES OF THE KXOE IN THE WEST CAPRIVI,
338 pp., map, illus., paperback, Cologne, 1999. R195
Narrated by Dao Ngyengye.

The original Kxoe text is given together with a word-by-word English translation. This is followed by a free translation and comments on the moral and messages of the tale.
Lewis-Williams (J.D.) MYTH AND MEANING, San-Bushman folklore in global context
249pp., b/w & colour illus., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R350
J.D.Lewis -Williams analyses the complex mythological stories of the San to create a theory of how myth is used in the culture and social circumstances of the San.

"J.D.Lewis-Williams assembles encyclopaedic knowledge of recorded /Xam San symbolism so readers can journey to comprehensive understanding of the /Xam world. This book provides a programmatic start to a new era in San studies - one where readers can float freely above the tedium of 'theoretical' concerns towards a humane sharing and discovery." Megan Biesele, Director, Kalahari Peoples Fund

"David Lewis-Williams revolutionizes San mythology and folklore by identifying and explaining the rich texture and logic of their mythological corpus, thereby placing it in its rightful position as one of the world's great cognitive achievements." David Whitley

J.D. Lewis-Williams is Professor Emeritus at the University of the Witwatersrand. He founded and was former director of the Rock Art Research Institute.
Lewis-Williams (J.D.) ed. STORIES THAT FLOAT FROM AFAR, ancestral folklore of the San of Southern Africa
285 pp., map, illus., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2000) 2002. OUT OF PRINT
A selection of previously unpublished /Xam "kukummi" (folklore) from the Bleek and Lloyd Collection.

David Lewis-Williams recently retired as Professor of Cognitive Archeaology and Director of the Rock Art Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Marais (E.N.) THE RAIN BULL, and other tales from the San
48 pp., illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2007. OUT OF PRINT
Translated from the Afrikaans by Jacques Coetzee.

Eugene Marais's re-telling of four San stories originally told to him by Outa Hendrik, a Bushman he knew. These four "dwaalstories", or wandering tales, were published for the first time in 1921.
Marshall (J.) dir. A KALAHARI FAMILY,
5 x 72 minutes, DVD, , 2002. OUT OF PRINT
A five-part series that documents fifty years in the life of the Ju/'hoan of Nyae Nyae in Namibia.
The series begins in 1951, when John Marshall first met Oma Tsamkxao and his extended family, and documents their lives as independent, self-sufficient hunter-gatherers. It continues through their experiences of dispossession, militarization and exploitation, and ends in 2001 with their attempts to establish viable farming methods.

Part 1. A Far Country
Part 2. End of the Road
Part 3. The Real Water
Part 4. Standing Tall
Part 5. Death by Myth

This series won a Jury Award at the Athens Film Festival, a Seahorse Award at the Moondance Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award, Best in World Cinema, at the DC Independent Film Festival in Washington.
McNamee (G.) ed. THE GIRL WHO MADE STARS, and other Bushman stories, collected by Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy C.Lloyd
72 pp., illus., paperback, Einsiedeln, 2001. OUT OF PRINT
Author Gregory McNamee's adaptations of some of the original nineteenth-century English translations of stories collected by Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd in "Specimens of Bushmen Folkore".
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
Myburgh (P.J.) THE BUSHMAN WINTER HAS COME, the true story of the last band of /Gwikwe Bushmen on the Great Sand Face
266 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R260
Anthropologist and documentary filmmaker Paul John Myburgh's account of the seven years he spent living with a group of /Gwikwe Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert.
Parkington (J.) & Dlamini (N.) FIRST PEOPLE, ancestors of the San
142pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2015. R330
"This book is about connecting the concepts of evolution, fossil and first people, and in doing so attempts to present an evolutionary history of the San hunter-gatherers" pg.7

John Parkington is Senior Scholar and Emeritus Professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town.
Nonhlanhla Dlamini is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town.

Parsons (N.) CLICKO, the wild dancing Bushman
251 pp., map, illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2009. R230
A biography of Franz Taibosh (Clicko), who performed in circuses, music halls and freak-shows around the world in the 1920s and 1930s.

Neil Parsons is Professor of History at the University of Botswana. His previous books include "King Khama, Emperor Joe, and the Great White Queen: Victorian Britian through African eyes" (1998).
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 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 the Langeberg amd Outeniqua mountains for more than two decades.
Journalist and photographer Jan van der Poll works for the Western Cape government's museum service.
Schoeman (K.) SEVEN KHOI LIVES, Cape biographies of the seventeenth century
216 pp., map, hardback, d.w., Pretoria, 2009. R200
This book contains translations of brief biographies of seven individual Khoikhoi - five men and two women - originally included in a more extensive collection in Afrikaans and entitled "Kinders van die Komanjie: Kaapse lewens uit die sewentiende eeu", published in 2006.
Shostak (M.) NISA, the life and words of a !Kung woman
402 pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, London, (1990) 2000. OUT OF PRINT
The life story of Nisa, a !Kung woman living in the Kalahari desert in Botswana, told in her own words to anthropologist Majorie Shostak.
Skotnes (P.) CLAIM TO THE COUNTRY, the archive of Lucy Lloyd and Wilhelm Bleek
388 pp., 4to., map, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg & Athens, Ohio, 2007. R495
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 Eusatacia Riley. It comes with a DVD, "The Digital Bleek and Lloyd", which includes scans of every page 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 and 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 LANDSCAPE TO LITERATURE, a scrapbook catalogue (and exhibition)
31 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2011. R90
Catalogue of the exhibition, Centre for Curating the Archive, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, 2011.

This exhibition, which coincided with the celebration of the centenary of Bleek and Lloyd's "Specimens of Bushman Folklore" and the conference, "The Courage of //Kabbo", was curated by Pippa Skotnes and includes photographs by Stephen Inggs. It "recognises the story of Dia!kwan, related as it is to the broader genocide reported on by Louis Anthing, and imagines something of the transition that was made from landscape to literature via the living room of Bleek and Lloyd's Mowbray home."
Smith (A.), Malherbe (C.), Guenther (M.) & Berens (P.) THE BUSHMEN OF SOUTHERN AFRICA, a foraging society in transition
112 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town & Athens, (2000) 2004. R250
An introduction to the history and current situation of the Bushmen, or San, living in Namibia and Botswana.

Suitable for students, teachers and the general reader.
Suzman (J.) AFFLUENCE WITHOUT ABUNDANCE, the disappearing world of the Bushmen
297pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, d.w., New York. etc, 2017. R380
James Suzman explores the question of whether understanding how hunter-gatherers like the Bushmen found contentment by having few needs easily met, can help us address some of the environmental and economic challenges we face.

“'Affluence Without Abundance' may be the best book ever written about the San (Bushmen) - a people who lived for two hundred thousand years as successful hunter-garheres and are now transitioning to our more modern but less successful way of life. This book has truth on every page and is filled with important insights that range from hunting and tracking to how we think about time, money, value or success.” – Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Harmless People" and "The Old Way"

“An insightful and well-written book, describing the hard transition of foraging communities in Namibia from relative affluence during the Stone Age to contemporary poverty and misery. Avoiding both modern conceits and romantic fantasies, Suzman chronicles how economics and politics have finally conquered some of the last outposts of hunter-gatherers, and how much humankind can still learn from the disappearing way of life of the most marginalized communities on earth.” Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens: a brief history of human kind" and "Homo Dues: a brief history of tomorrow"

“Suzman's descriptive prose and affection for his subjects generate the reader's genuine empathy…This fascinating glimpse into a disappearing way of life leads Suzman to reflect on our world today: a world where wealth and possessions are valued above all other pursuits. Suzman's account of the lives of Bushmen, past and present, offers plenty of fuel for thought.” Rachel Newcomb, The Washington Post

“To know what it is like to live as people lived for most of human history, you would have to find one of the places where traditional hunting-and-gathering practices are still alive…Fortunately for us, the anthropologist James Suzman did exactly that…The news here is that the lives of most of our progenitors were better than we think. We're flattering ourselves by believing that their existence was so grim and that our modern, civilized one is, by comparison, so great.” John Lancaster, The New Yorker

“This beautiful book--part memoir, part ethnography--offers a window into the lives of one of the most enduring of human cultures, the Khoisan hunters and gatherers of the Kalahari. If you have ever wondered how it might be to measure wealth not by material possessions but by the strength of social relations between people, read this book.” – Wade Davis, author of "The Wayfinders" and "Into the Silence"

Anthropologist James Suzman was awarded a Smuts Commonwealth Fellowship in African Studies at Cambridge University and led the De Beers Group's sustainability and public affairs initiatives. Recently he founded the think-tank Anthropos.
Takada (A.) NARRATIVES OF SAN ETHNICITY, the cultural and ecological foundations of lifeworld among the !Xun of north-central Namibia
198pp., illus., maps, paperback, Reprint, Kyoto & Melbourne, (2015) 2016. R450
In this study Akira Takada adopts a 'life story' approach to understand the histories of the !Xun of north-central Namibia. He also explores their relationships with neighbouring groups, particularly the Owambo and ǂAkhoe, examines kinship and naming terminologies, the historical transition of !Xun ethnicity, the interplay between ethnicity and familial/kin relationships, and how changes in the natural and social environment affected child socialization.

Akira Takada is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies at Kyoto University, Japan.
Tomaselli (K.) ed. WRITING IN THE SAN/D, autoethnography among indigenous southern Africans
174 pp., map, illus., paperback, Lanham, 2007. OUT OF PRINT
A group of South African researchers and academics report on their work with four San communities between 1984 and 2006.

Preface and introduction by Kenyan Tomaselli, professor and chair of Culture, Communication and Media Studies at the University of Natal, Durban.

Contributions include "Romancing the Kalahari: personal journeys of methodological discovery" by Belinda Jeursen and Kenyan Tomaselli,
"'Op die Grond': writing in the san/d, surviving crime" and "Orality, Rhythmography, and Visual Representation" by Kenyan Tomaselli,
A Letter to Myself - my trip to Ngwatle" by Nasseema Taleb,
"'Wit Meisie'/Morning Star: encounters in the desert" by Vanessa McLennan-Dodd, and
"In the Sun with Silikat" by Lauren Dyll.
Weinberg (P.) photo. & text TRACES AND TRACKS, a thirty-year journey with the San
176pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w, Johannesburg, 2017. R380
Foreword by Megan Biesele.

Photographer, filmmaker and writer Paul Wienberg has documented modern San communities throughout southern Africa since the early 1980s. This book includes many of his photographs and the text records their stories, as well as the challenges and opportunities the different communities face.

Paul Weinberg is currently Senior Curator at the Centre for African Studies Gallery at the University of Cape Town, and lectures in documentary arts.
Weinberg (P.) photo. & Berger (D.) et. al. text ONCE WE WERE HUNTERS, a journey with Africa's indigenous people
175 pp., colour illus., hardback, d.w., Amsterdam, 2000. OUT OF PRINT
Documents a journey made in the late 1990s to six different countries in Africa to visit indigenous communities still surviving in their natural environment.

Includes a photographer's foreword by Paul Weinberg and
"Kalahari, Namibia and Botswana - no respite for the San" by Tony Weaver,
"Uneasy Paradfise - a journey through Maputaland" by Victor Munnik & Gcina Mhlope,
"It Takes a Lot of God to Survive Here - the Richtersveld National Park" by Antjie Krog,
"Zimbabwe - people and animals, a tense harmony" by Chenjerai Hove", and
"Namibia's Kunene Region - a new vision unfolds" by Margaret Jacobsohn.
Weintroub (J.) BY SMALL WAGON WITH FULL TENT, Dorothea Bleek's journey to Kakia, June to August 1913
51 pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2011. R175
In 1913 Dorothea Bleek travelled to a remote village in Bechuanaland (now Botswana) to investigate the language of the San/Bushmen living in the area. Jill Weintroub recounts the story of the expedition and considers it in the context of Dorothea Bleek's project of continuing the research her father and aunt, Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd, had begun.
Weintroub (J.) DOROTHEA BLEEK, a life of scholarship
250pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R320
A biography of Dorothea Bleek (1873 to 1948), who devoted her life to completing the "bushman researches" that her father, Wilhelm Bleek, and aunt, Lucy Lloyd, had begun in the late nineteenth century. Jill Weintroub examines Dorothea Bleek’s life and family legacy, her rock art research and her fieldwork in southern Africa, and evaluates her scholarship and contribution to the history of ideas in South Africa. She is the author of "The Naron, a Bushman tribe of the Central Kalahari" (1928) and "Comparative Vocabularies of Bushman Languages" (1929.

“A magnificent contribution to the broader understanding of the Bleek and Lloyd archive, both in so far as Dorothea’s own work is a part of it, and as she shepherded her father and her aunt’s work into the future in which it has become so valued.” Pippa Skotnes, artist, curator and author of "Claim to the Country: the archive of Lucy Lloyd and Wilhelm Bleek" and "Miscast: negotiating the presence of the Bushmen"

Jill Weintroub is Research Fellow at the Rock Art Research Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Wessels (M.) BUSHMAN LETTERS, interpreting lXam narrative
330 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2010. R250
Michael Wessels critiques the critical tradition that has developed around the lXam archive and the hermeneutic principles that inform that tradition, and offers alternative modes of reading.

Michael Wessels is a researcher in the English Department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Willet (S.) et. al. (comps.) THE KHOE AND SAN, an annotated bibliography, volumes one & two
248 pp. + 124 pp., 4to., maps, paperback, Gaberone, 2002/ 2003. R250 each
These two volumes are the first written presentations of a project based at the University of Botswana, which aims to collect and make available all contemporary written documentation on the indigenous peoples of southern Africa, known as Bushmen, San, Khoe, or by group names corresponding to language communities. Together, they list around 1450 annotated bibliographic entries covering the social sciences, languages, and history, as well as publications from national and regional San organisations. Short abstracts of each entry are linked to a list of keywords and authors. All the materials listed can be consulted in full at the library of the university.
Wright (J.) & Mazel (A.) TRACKS IN A MOUNTAIN RANGE, exploring the history of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg
155 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2007. R180
The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000 because of its scenic beauty, high degree of biodiversity and the cultural value of the San rock art found there. John Wright and Aron Mazel reflect on the history and people of the region, from the earliest known times to the present.

Historian John Wright is a Senior Research Associate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Archaeologist Aron Mazel teaches at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle Universitry, UK.
Wynberg (R.), Schroeder (D.) & Chennells (R.) eds. INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, CONSENT AND BENEFIT SHARING, lessons from the San-Hoodia case
363 pp., paperback, DVD, Dordrecht, 2009. R425
Ther first in-depth study of a benefit-sharing case: the use of San knowledge to develop anti-obesity products from Hoodia.

Contents include "Protecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: can prior informed consent help?" by Graham Dutfield,
"Informed Consent: from medical research to traditional knowledge" by Doris Schroeder,
"Green Diamonds of the South: an overview of the San-Hoodia case" by Rachel Wynberg and Roger Chennells,
"The Struggle for Indigenous Peoples' Land Rights: the case of Namibia" and "Trading Traditional Knowledge: San perspectives from South Africa, Namibia and Botswana" by Saskia Vermeylen, and
"Putting Intellectual Property Rights into Practice: experiences from the San" by Roger Chennellls.

Includes a 19 minute DVD on the San, their knowledge of the medicinal properties of the hoodia plant and how they approached the challenges involved in implementing benefit-sharing.

Roger Chennells is an attorney in private practice in Stellenbosch.
Doris Schroeder is Professor of Moral Philosophy in the Centre for Professional Ethics at the University of Central Lancashire and a professorial fellow in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne.
Rachel Wynberg is a senior researcher and deputy direcotr at the Environmental Evaluation Unit, University of Cape Town.