Solway - Chapter 10
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I like to paint because I like to show other people the
customs and the manners of life of my own people. I like to go forward
and to show other
people that they [the San] might do something on their own.
Thamae Setshogo, D'Kar, June 15, 1995
The San believe that their cultural practices form the backbone of a
healthy and socially intact community. Injustices such as land and resource
dispossession are so disruptive that affected communities are often
unable to uphold their traditional consensual decision-making processes.
But the memory of once-strong and unified communities keeps alive the
longing for the revival and reconstruction of culture and identity.
Kxao Moses =Oma and Axel Thoma, 2002
An exciting development on the cultural front of contemporary San1
has been the production of a body of easel art and prints, by over a
dozen artists at two centers in southern Africa. The art is of the type of
non-Western, Fourth World, "tribal" art that Nelson Graburn would
call "assimilated fine art"2 — that is, its aesthetic sources, its epistemology,
materials and techniques, and its intended audience are all external
to the culture and community of the artists (Graburn, 1976: 8).