Mary E. Lange, Liana Müller Jansen, Roger C. Fisher, Keyan G. Tomaselli,
Engraved Landscape Biesje Poort: Many Voices tells two stories. It provides a valuable record of pre-historicand historic artifacts that would ordinarily be inaccessible to many South Africans. But more significantly it showcases new ways of doing research in a contested and fractured environment. Using a series of historic rock engravings as a springboard, the various contributors to the book- academics, communications experts, historians, architects, local ≠Khomani residents- probe questions about the nature of heritage, about our differing cosmologies, and about our links to the land. These are inevitably subject to multiple interpretations and meanings, hence the multi-disciplinary team invited to participate in this important investigation of our heritage. –Melinda Silverman, Department of Architecture, FADA, University of Johannesburg.
Like most brilliant and eye-catching coffee table books, this compilation straddles the tantalisingly academic and the pop(ular) in anthropology… Its scholarly sections are well researched and tightly articulated. They retain this quality without being dry and overly pedagogical, and hence accessible to a lay reader who just wants to glean useful information. I foresee this book, contributing to media anthropology, receiving critical appreciation. Descendants of the ‘First People’ participate as co-authors in the research- informants and people with their experiential and ontological perspectives. As producers of new contemporary realities in postcolonial South Africa, their voices include stories and myths surrounding the engravings, presented here in their own terms. As for the site, the researchers and informants are aware of the need to protect and preserve: the engravings that are the focus of this encounter are fragile. Research paradoxically may itself result in deterioration as people move over the rocks, but, here, awareness results in research actions and methods that try to ensure care and preservation. This is a heritage that requires informed interventions and use so that posterity may continue to enjoy the benefits of a valuable archaeological wealth.- Dr. Nhamo Mhiripiri, Department of Media and Society Studies, Midlands State University.
Foreword: Setting the Scene: what’s in a landscape?
Keyan G. Tomaselli
Reflections on Biesje Poort 2011
Belinda N. Org
Chapter 1: Past voices on the Biesje Poort rock engravings: “where, what, when and who?”
Mary E. Lange
Chapter 2: Reading the Biesje Poort landscape
Liana Müller Jansen
Chapter 3: Engaging absence of storyline, vagueness and ambiguity: towards an archaeology of rock art at Biesje Poort
Chapter 4: The giraffe: engraved meanings
Roger C. Fisher
Chapter 5: Blurring the lines: Rethinking Indigeneity research at Biesje Poort
Chapter 6: Participatory communication: a tool for social and heritage development
Chapter 7: Biesje Poort as a rock art resource: conservation and tourism
Chapter 8: An engagement with the land: translating the intangible into the spatial
Tessa Toerien and Lizet Verwoerd
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