Traces and tracks

Published in: Anthropology Southern Africa
Volume 40, issue 3, 2017 , pages: 197–213
DOI: 10.1080/23323256.2017.1372691
Author(s): Paul WeinbergCentre for African Studies, South Africa


In this photo essay, well-known photographer Paul Weinberg traces three decades of work on the San in Southern Africa. It is a body of work that has long grappled with the divergence between mythologised versions of the San and the realities of their daily lives. In this essay, he shows that the story of the modern San is neither monolithic nor one-dimensional. And while dispossession seems to be a common thread, the story of the San differs from region to region, place to place, community to community. The essay stems from his latest book, Traces and Tracks: A Thirty-Year Journey with the San (2016).

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