Ethnohistory

etnohistoryAs far as it is possible the Hessequa Society for Archaeology aims to record the pre-history of the Hessequa tribe, currently the only surviving group of the peoples which inhabited the region in pre-colonial times. To give effect to this aim, prof. Michael De Jongh, emeritus professor of Anthropology at the University of South Africa, was contracted in 2008 to do a textual analysis of available historical material, and also to do relevant ethnological investigations to give impetus to this initiative. His work is available and for sale at the Stilbaai Info Office. Subsequently further work has been done regarding rock art, edible and medicinal plants and identifying the period when cattle herding was introduced in addition to fat-tailed sheep. The Society aims to produce an accessible text in Afrikaans to enable the descendants of these people to obtain some information on their background.

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