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Title:Seeing the Cedarberg: Alpinism and Inventions of the Agterberg in the White Urban Middle Class Imagination c. 1890-c. 1950
Author:Van Sittert, Lance
Year:2005
Periodical:Kronos: Journal of Cape History
Issue:31
Pages:152-183
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:mountains
landscape
images
Whites
colonial period
1890-1899
1900-1949
colonialism
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:This paper discusses three settler traditions of narrating the mountain landscape of the Cedarberg, located some 250 km north of Cape Town, South Africa, over the period from c. 1890 to 1950. The paper is based, amongst others, on accounts of climbers and Afrikaans prose by W.A. (Bill) de Klerk published in the Cape Town Mountain Club's 'Annual'. The first tradition, colonial alpinism, most closely approximates the generic 'imperial' type apprehending the Cedarberg through the borrowed eyes of English alpinism but measuring its resident black and white peasantries not for their traditional authenticity, but for 'progress' towards modernity. The second and third are 'indigenous' or 'indigenized' settler traditions, here called Anglo alpinism and Afrikaner alpinism, the former seeking in the Cedarberg a premodern refuge from progress and the latter to reconcile itself to the cost of modernity on the premodern Dutch backveld. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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