Meet Our Curators: San Collection

Join Collection Manager, Anthropology, Karen Kindt, as she showcases the Museum’s newest African acquisition to enter the collections - six artefacts from the Sān community of Southern Africa.  The Sān or Saan peoples, also known as Kalahari Bushman, are from the Kalahari region and there are populations in Angola, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.  Sān were traditionally semi-nomadic, moving seasonally within certain defined areas based on the availability of resources such as water, game animals and edible plants. Sān communities are generally regarded as ‘closed communities’ who shy away from African mainstream activity and interaction. As such, the acquisition of these artefacts, accords them with a value of rarity and uniqueness.

The collection of six Sān artefacts comprises of domestic, utilitarian and ceremonial cultural material.  Aesthetically, the craftsmanship of the objects is considered and highly engineered in skill and knowledge.  Physiologically, Sān people are small in stature and the crafting of these artefacts reflect a function and form made to suit that Sān physiological trait. The artefacts are tiny in size and light-weight. They are aesthetically beautiful and highly crafted, combining a range of making technologies, incorporating the use of both organic and inorganic materials.



When: Wednesday 19 June 2019 

Where: Discovery Centre, Level 4

Time: 1:00pm -2:00pm

Cost: Free


Event Details

19 June 2019, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Level 4 Discovery Centre

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