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Title:Monument(al) Meaning-Making: The Ncome Monument and its Representation of Zulu Identity
Author:Schonfeldt-Aultman, Scott M.
Year:2006
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies
Volume:18
Issue:2
Pages:215-234
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:monuments
museums
ethnic identity
Zulu
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
nationalism
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13696810601106127
Abstract:This essay offers a reflective reading of a recent Zulu monument/museum built at the Ncome/Blood River battle site in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The essay is organized into three sections: the possibility and politics of such a monument(al) re-presentation, perceiving the monument from the outside, and perusing the museum from the inside. As such, it examines representational issues of ethnicity, race, gender, nation, and power and their role in identity negotiation. More specifically, the essay explores how 'Zulu' identities are represented via a monument in postapartheid South Africa. Ultimately, the monument/museum promotes Zulu nationalism and a Zulu warrior identity, homogenizes and fixes Zulu culture and identity, and, thus, fails to advocate unity and reconciliation, as was originally recommended. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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