MOUNTAINS OF SPIRIT, the story of the royal Bakwena ba Mogopa of the north west, South Africa

: Khunou (S.

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306pp., b/w & colour illus., map, paperback, Johannesburg, 2016


A history of the Bakwena ba Mogopa, one of the largest traditional communities in South Africa, from its earliest beginnings as the Kwena tribe migrating from East Africa, the birth of the community as a distinct and independent lineage in the 1600s, the impact of land dispossession by the Boer settlers as they advanced from the Cape Colony, the impact of Christianity, and the attitudes and policies of colonial governments, the Union government, and apartheid.

Samuel Freddy Khunou is Associate Professor at the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research, Law Faculty, North West University (Mafikeng Campus).