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Engraved Landscape Biesje Poort: Many Voices


Mary E. Lange, Liana Müller Jansen, Roger C. Fisher, Keyan G. Tomaselli, David Morris

Published in 2013 by Tormentoso

ISBN: 978-0-620-57982-7

141 pages. 


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

David Morris

Chapter 4: The giraffe: engraved meanings

Roger C. Fisher

Chapter 5: Blurring the lines: Rethinking Indigeneity research at Biesje Poort

Lauren Dyll-Myklebust

Chapter 6: Participatory communication: a tool for social and heritage development

Miliswa Magongo

Chapter 7: Biesje Poort as a rock art resource: conservation and tourism

Shanade Barnabas

Chapter 8: An engagement with the land: translating the intangible into the spatial

Tessa Toerien and  Lizet Verwoerd


Go to the book's official website for more details 

Article Title  Author
Narrating the Crisis: Hegemony and the South African Press Edited by Keyan Tomaselli, Ruth Tomaselli and Johan Muller
Development and Public Health Communication Edited by Keyan Tomaselli and Colin Chasi
Investigating Communication, Health and Development: 10 Years of Research in CCMS Edited by Emma Durden and Eliza Govender
Media, Democracy and Renewal in Southern Africa Keyan Tomaselli and Hopeton Dunn
Media and Change John Van Zyl and Keyan Tomaselli
Africa, Cultural Studies and Difference< Keyan Tomaselli and Handel Kashope Wright
Towards Affirmative Action: Issues of Race &amp; Gender in SA Media Goga, Farhana
Representing Aboriginality Clelland-Stokes, Sacha
Broadcasting in South Africa Teer-Tomaselli, Ruth; Tomaselli, Keyan & Muller, John
CinémAction Administrator
Where Global Contradictions are Sharpest. Research Stories from the Kalahari Administrator
Hawks and Doves Graaf, Michael (ed)
Writing in the Sand: Autoethnography among Indigenous Southern Africans Tomaselli, Keyan
Encountering Modernity: Twentieth Century South African Cinemas Tomaselli, Keyan
Books on Indigenous Video/Cinema Various
The Politics of Broadcasting in Zimbabwe Zaffiro, James
Appropriating Images: The Semiotics of Visual Representation Tomaselli, Keyan
Cinema of Apartheid: Race and Class in South African Film, The Tomaselli, Keyan
Myth, Race and Power: South Africans Imaged on Film and TV Tomaselli, Keyan
Lesotho Video Herders Project: Explorations in Visual Anthropology Scott, Chuck
Public Service Broadcasting: Policy Directions Towards 2000 Mpofu, Alum; Manhando, Susan & Tomaselli, Keyan
Voices and Visions: Audio-Visual Media in the New South Africa Sørensen, Signe Byrge & Thorne, Karen
The Press in South Africa Tomaselli, Keyan , Tomaselli, Ruth & Muller, Johan
Currents of Power: State Broadcasting in South Africa Tomaselli, Ruth; Tomaselli, Keyan & Muller, Johan
The Alternative Press in South Africa Tomaselli, Keyan & Louw, Paul Eric
South African Media Policy: Debates of the 1990s Louw, Paul Eric
Rethinking Culture Tomaselli, Keyan
Le Cinema Sud-Africain est-il Tombe Sure la Tete? Tomaselli, Keyan & Hennebelle, Guy

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