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Title:From Pictures to Performance: Early Learning at the Hill
Author:Bank, Andrew
Year:2002
Periodical:Kronos: Journal of Cape History
Issue:28
Pages:66-101
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
The Cape
Subjects:San
anthropological research
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Education and Oral Traditions
Abstract:This paper examines the dynamics of the learning process as it unfolded in the Mowbray house of Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd in the Cape area, South Africa, during September, October and November 1870, when some /Xam informants lived in their garden. The absence of a common language meant that Lloyd, Bleek and their informants had to start pretty much from scratch. They began with pictures. The emphasis of the first section of the paper is on the degree of misunderstanding in these encounters between different languages and systems of visual representation. The second phase of the early learning process involved various performative events. The paper's second argument relates to the reading of the evidence, stressing the need to be alert to the interpretive layers, and at times fictions, that have been manufactured after the event. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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