This season we’re mostly wearing…

The Times Magazine

A century of war and colonial occupation has resulted in the curious dress of the Herero people. Photographer Jim Naughten documents their look
A century of war and colonial occupation has resulted in the curious dress of the Herero people. Photographer Jim Naughten documents their look

For most of the 20th century, Namibia’s history was one of hidden violence and brutality. Unspoken horrors were perpetrated by its occupiers – first Germany for 31 years and then South Africa for more than twice as long. It was only in 1990 that Namibia won its independence.

Six years later I went to Namibia to teach. Arriving in the capital, Windhoek, I found a strange and orderly place. Outlying shanties, spread across the city’s arid plateau, gave way to a high-rise centre bisected with paved roads. Continue reading This season we’re mostly wearing…

Personal Narratives of Political History: Social Memory and Silence in Namibia

Dialectical Anthropology (Volume 25, Number 1): pp27-59

Introduction
“It is only when we leave the terrain of ‘history’ and read this small story through the eyes of its ‘inhabitants’ that we begin to understand . . .”1 Continue reading Personal Narratives of Political History: Social Memory and Silence in Namibia