Fonds BCS645 - Notes on the tribal groupings, history, and customs of the Bakgalagadi

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Notes on the tribal groupings, history, and customs of the Bakgalagadi


  • September 1945 (Creation)

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Single item comprising 191 pages and maps. Roneo reproduction.

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The physical item is kept in African Studies Library book stock, BA572.96873 SCHA. An electronic copy was made for the single items manuscript collection. The digital object may be viewed on-line and downloaded from this page.

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Schapera, Isaac, 1905- and Van der Merwe, D. F: ‎Notes on the tribal groupings, history, and customs of the Bakgalagadi. Series:
Communications from the School of African Studies, University of Cape Town. New Series v. 13.
The introduction includes notes on the social status of the Bakgalagadi peoples, distribution and tribal groupings, Ngwaketse Reserve, BaRolong Farms, Kgatla Reserve, Kwena reserve, Tawana Reserve, Ghanzi District, and mode of life and customs.
The main body comprises texts of information given by various informants and English translations.


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BC826 School of African Studies Papers
BC1168 Isaac Schapera Papers
BC1451 African Languages Files - A file in the collection contains the annotated text of the digital object reflected in BCS645 with a few differences - The contents are as follows:
Introduction by I Schapera on the Kgalagadi of Bechuanaland (Botswana).
Preface to texts, by D F van der Merwe.
Text I: Information given by Motshoge, Chief of the BaThaga at Tshane
Text II: Information given by Montshiwa, Chief of the baPêbana at Lehututu
Text IV: History of the Bangologa of Hukuntsi, told by RraDirê and Maêpwê
Text V: (Labgwabi) Information given by the wife of Kgôbê
Text VI: History of the Basaga at Kang, told by Hadibolotswe
Text VII: History of the baKokon, told by Mokolobe and Khekheng
Text VIII: Information given by Kenoketswe
Text IX: (Kenye) Information given by Mosana
Text X: (Sekoma)
Text XI: (Kuwe) Information given by Mogotsakgotla, Lebogang, and Rrakaisa
Appendix I: Cuzen, A L: History of the Bakgalagadi residing in the Crown Lands north of the Molopo and west of the Bangwakatse boundary

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