Trailing the Schmidtsdrift San

first_img19 August 2003The path winds over the koppie, past blackthorn and umbrella thorn, camel and buffalo thorn, low-lying shrubs hunched against the wind. Red anthills dot the landscape, and somewhere, though never seen, are the aardwolf and aardvark that feed on their occupants.The rock art trail at Wildebeest Kuil runs through stark and beautiful country, just 15km from Kimberley. There are lookout points along the track, and from some of them visitors can see the town on the horizon. You can walk at your own pace on a self-guided tour. The trail and recorded commentary lead you through the history of the area and the people who lived there, the importance of the wind, the remains of a stone kraal and an ash heap, to an elevated boardwalk.The rock art trail at Wildebeest Kuil runs through stark and beautiful country, just 15km from Kimberley. There are lookout points along the track, and from some of them visitors can see the town on the horizon.On piles of andesite rocks jumbled together just off the boardwalk are engravings made between 1 000 and 2 000 years ago – elephant, antelope, rhino, wildebeest, many eland, dancing human figures, geometric designs – chiselled with a hard pointed stone by artists of exceptional talent.Some of the engravings are partial figures that seem to rise out of the rock – suggesting, according to the authors of Fragile Heritage, “that the San saw the rock surface as a veil between this world and the spirit world. Is the eland’s head intended to look as if it disappears into the spirit world behind the surface of this rock?”There are more than 150 rock engravings in the Wildebeest Kuil alone, all which have been excellently preserved by the dry bushveld air. The trail at Wildebeest Kuil was opened in December 2001, which makes it one of the newest sites. It’s easy to get to – just off the road from Kimberley to Barkly West.The Schmidstdrift SanBut its claim to fame goes beyond the excellence of the engravings and the ease of access. Its importance is enhanced by its location: on the farm Platfontein, owned by two San communities, the !Xun and the Khwe.These aren’t the direct descendents of the San who chipped out the engravings. In the 1960s, the then-South African Defence Force (SADF) needed trackers for its operations in Namibia and Angola, and recruited the men, sometimes forcefully, sometimes not; and their families followed. A generation of !Xun and Khwe San grew up in army camps, far from their ancestral lands in Angola.The Schmidtsdrift tent townWhen Namibia became independent in 1990, the SADF offered its erstwhile trackers sanctuary in a tent town it built for them on a windy plain in Schmidtsdrift in the Northern Cape. Four years later, with the new democratic government, the San believed they would be given security of tenure there, but the land was judged to belong to the BaTlhaping, a Tswana group that had been removed from it decades earlier.Then the Department of Land Affairs bought the farm Platfontein for the Communal Property Association (CPA), which represents the two San communities. The !Xun and Khwe now own 12 500 hectares of bushveld with hundreds of ancient rock engravings.The official handover was May 1999, but by that time the Schmidstdrift San had been involved on the farm for some time, moving a craft project from two trailers and a container on Schmidtsdrift to the Platfontein farmhouse.My Eland’s HeartThere, the painters, potters and woodcarvers of the !Xun and Khwe San Art and Culture Project create art drawn “from a tradition in which creativity was a natural part of life”, writes Marlene Sullivan Winberg in the copiously illustrated My Eland’s Heart, a book about the project.“Many of the men and women … have said that they derive their particular themes and symbols from the traditional knowledge they received from their parents. The musical instruments made by old people, their jewellery, bows and arrows, and wood carvings are rooted in their ancient culture. Even in new media like oil paintings, textiles and pottery, the symbols and images used often incorporate traditional motifs and stories.”As for the hunters, she quotes 82-year-old artist Joao Wenne Dikuanga: “When I think about this eland inside me, I take a sheet of paper and draw it.”There are elands aplenty in the colourful oils and dramatic lino prints produced at the project, but there are so many other motifs: illustrations of ancient legends, geometric designs, birds, trees, elephants – many elephants. A haunting work by Madena Kasanga, a former baker, has dancing humanoid dogs surrounded by canines; another shows neat row after row of stylised turquoise huts on an orange background – presumably the Schmidtsdrift she’s left behind.The artists in the project live at Platfontein; so do the rock art guides and the visitors’ centre staff. There are jobs at the centre, but they amount to a trickle – and the need is great.The land has been divided into thirds: one-third residential, one-third as a commercial game farm, and the final third as a commercial cattle farm.Hennie Swart, manager of the Northern Cape Rock Art Trust and former CEO of the CPA, has helped to set up a job placement agency for short-term work as a form of training. There are, he says, 988 families in the two communities. “If we can create jobs for 500 individuals on Platfontein”, he says, “the others can work outside, as trackers and security people on other farms.”Batista Salvadore: interpreting the language of San rock art. (Photo: Janet King)The first San guide of rock artBatista Salvadore describes himself as the first San guide of rock art in South Africa – “People thought we had no knowledge to do that kind of thing. In the past, it was only whites or black people – nobody from our community could be a guide for our own paintings.” Fluent in !Xun and Khwe as well as English, Portuguese and Afrikaans, he was an interpreter for the CPA until Wildebeest Kuil opened in 2001.Salvadore guides archaeologists and anthropologists from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan. The fame of the site is widespread. He’s taught a party of Chinese guides who will be bringing visitors to Kimberley, and he’s gone back to Namibia to train guides there.Still he’s not content. “I’m trapped,” he says. “By nature the San are travellers. We don’t know how to function in this society.”Willemena Calica with some of the artwork on sale at the centre (Photo: Janet King)But there is no going back. Willemena Calica, who works in the centre’s tea shop, says she longs to return to a world without fences. But she’s already gone beyond the traditional role of a San woman. An orphan, and educated, she chose her own husband – a soldier – and is very happily married. She says she doesn’t see why women must have such a hard life, and sees no reason why women must be subservient to men.So the world is changing for the Schmidtsdrift San – but the culture depicted in the rock engravings they are protecting is timeless. And with one of the richest rock art areas in the world on their land, the !Xun and the Khwe could be among the lucky ones, able to accommodate – as they have in their art and craft – both the modern world and traditional culture.This article was first published in Earthyear Magazine, The Essential Environmental Guide. Volume I, 2003 is now available at CNAs and selected bookstores countrywide. Or visit the Earthyear web site.last_img read more

Draw It Out, and Other Tips for Success from Twitter Co-founder Jack Dorsey

first_imgTags:#start#tips audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Having a great idea is one thing. But being able to realize and execute on that idea is what matters. At the 99% Conference last month in San Francisco, Twitter creator and co-founder Jack Dorsey gave a talk on how he was able to do just that: take a good idea and turn it into a flourishing company. In his talk, Dorsey identifies the three keys to success as he built and launched both Twitter and his latest project Square: 1. Draw out your ideas2. Take advantage of luck and good timing3. IterateDrawCommit your ideas to paper before you worry about committing them to code. Get your idea out of your head so you can see it from a different perspective. And just as importantly, share it with others. Dorsey speaks about an idea he’d had in 2000 when working as a dispatcher in New York, seeing people always reporting where they are and what they’re doing in various locations. Dorsey put the idea on paper, but put it aside.LuckThis doesn’t mean relying on luck or good fortune. Rather you need to be able to recognize “luck.” Learn to recognize good timing and good situations that make it practical for you to execute your idea. Dorsey notes that it was the rise of certain technologies, along with working with Biz Stone and Evan Williams that allowed him to return to those ideas he’d sketched out in 2000 and to develop them more thoroughly, eventually into what became Twitter. Dorsey also notes that the recent economic crisis has made it a good timing for his latest project Square, a device that allows anyone to make or accept a credit card payments via their phone or computer. As the business and financial sectors were in “survival mode,” they were looking for innovation, according to Dorsey, and he was able to capitalize on this.IterateTake feedback. Learn to be an editor, listening to others’ input and shaping those ideas as they are put into practice.Dorsey points to all the changes that Twitter has undergone since his initial idea, noting that many of things that are commonly accepted Twitter practices, including use of the @-symbol, the hashtag and the RT, were generated by users, not by the founding team themselves. Rather than being the sole creator of ideas, Dorsey says that Twitter has embraced the iterative process, becoming the editor of customer usage. Despite initially resisting some of these user practices, now it helps implement these user ideas and practices more smoothly.Of course, Dorsey argues, you must know when to stop. If you draw and share your ideas, you will get instant feedback on what works and what doesn’t work. And if an idea doesn’t seem to work, put it aside. You can come back to it, or some part of it, later. The entire video is available on the conference website, along with others from the 2010 and 2009 events. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Add Location-Based Q&A With the Localmind API

first_imgmike melanson Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Localmind, the iPhone app that lets users engage in Q&A based on their location and Foursquare check-ins, announced the availability of an API last week. Right now, the app lets users ask questions of each other that could only be answered by someone on the scene and the API will bring that functionality to other apps.According to Localmind co-founder Lenny Rachitsky, the move is part of its plan to become the “platform for knowing what’s happening anywhere in the world, right now.” Localmind lets you ask questions of anyone checked in using Foursquare and connected with the Localmind app, wherever they might be. That is, you can find out about the line at the movie theater across town or you can find out if the guy that cooks the pizza the way you like it is working at the pizzeria tonight. The API gives developers access to Localmind’s Q&A platform, letting them search for conversations according to user or location. It also gives developers to send and receive questions according to location.Rachitsky says that the API is already being implemented by mConcierge, a white-labeled mobile app for hotels that will use the API to send questions to hotel concierges, and to give hotel patrons local activity data around the hotel. It’s just the beginning, however.“Today, we allow you to send questions to find out whatever you want. In the future, we want to give you the answer before you even ask,” said Rachitsky. “This means short-term integration with real-time check-ins, Twitter commentary, weather data. Long term, this means integrating with real-world sensors that track noise, parking, seat-capacity, inventory, etc. The API is a means to give real-time omniscience to other services.”Rachitsky described a couple other implementations of the Localmind API that are currently in the works but said he couldn’t name any names yet. For example, if you use a venue discovery app (such as Yelp, perhaps), Rachitsky says that the “last mile of ‘what’s it actually like right now’” is missing and answers from someone on the ground could help fill in the blanks. The most compelling implementation involves the ability to send a question to a location when you get directions.The only problem we’re running into, however, is coming up with questions. Aside from “how long is the line?” or “is it crowded?” or “does the band suck?” we’re having a hard time thinking of what you need to ask a stranger at a location that you couldn’t find out using Yelp, Foursquare, Google or any other similar service. Heck, for lots of things, you could just call the place, right?We’re likely being unimaginative, but everyother Localmind review we’ve seen has offered nearly identical examples and use cases. What do you think – what makes the idea of asking a stranger, based solely on their location, intriguing? Or are you not convinced? Tags:#Location#web center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Belangel jumps to top 3 in second week of NBTC 24

first_imgPBA D-League: Balanced Wangs-Letran clobbers AMA 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The players were ranked based on the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition.The top 24 players still on the board for the power rankings in early March will be picked to play in the SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) High School All-Star Game later that month at Mall of Asia Arena. FEU guard L-Jay Gonzales and Ateneo swingman Dave Ildefonso also rose up the ranks, while UST stud CJ Cansino dropped to eighth.Also, NU guard Terrence Fortea made a huge jump from 16th to 11, while three newcomers entered this week’s power rankings in Ateneo’s Joaqui Manuel, Tay Tung’s Harold Alarcon, and UV’s Joshua Yerro all making a splash.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHere is the list for the second week of Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24, with last week’s rank in the parenthesis:Kai Sotto, center, Ateneo (1)Joel Cagulangan, guard, La Salle Greenhills (2)SJ Belangel, guard, Ateneo (5)Will Gozum, center, Mapua (3)L-Jay Gonzales, guard, FEU-Diliman (6)Dave Ildefonso, forward, Ateneo (8)Rhayyan Amsali, forward, NU (7)CJ Cansino, forward, UST (4)Clint Escamis, guard, Mapua (10)Aaron Fermin, center, Arellano (9)Terrence Fortea, guard, NU (16)RJ Abarrientos, guard, FEU-Diliman (15)Inand Fornilos, forward, CSB-LSGH (11)Evan Nelle, guard, San Beda (12)Warren Bonifacio, center, Mapua (13)John Galinato, guard, Chiang Kai Shek (14)Mac Guadaña, guard, Lyceum (18)Raven Cortez, center, La Salle Zobel (19)Harvey Pagsanjan, guard, Hope Christian (20)Maui Cruz, guard, EAC (23)Joaqui Manuel, forward, Ateneo (N/A)Harold Alarcon, guard, Tay Tung-Bacolod (N/A)Jancork Cabahug, forward, UV (17)Joshua Yerro, guard, UV (N/A)Every week, a panel of coaches, sportswriters, and a statistician converge to come up with the weekly rankings to determine the top 24 high school players in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments, together with the recently concluded NCAA competition. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Read Next SJ Belangel. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAteneo playmaker SJ Belangel made the biggest move in the Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24 as his stellar play propelled him to join pacesetters Kai Sotto of Ateneo and Joel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills after the second week of the weekly power rankings.Belangel helped the Blue Eagles remain unbeaten in the UAAP Season 80 juniors tourney to go up 10-0, and thus jumping over NCAA Season 93 MVP Will Gozum of Mapua this week.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

Tiger Woods says he has completed intensive program

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2017 file photo, Tiger Woods reacts on hole 10th during the 1st round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Woods has checked out of the clinic where he went to get help dealing with pain medications, saying he will “continue to tackle this going forward.” The treatment follows the golfer’s arrest on a DUI charge after he was found asleep at the wheel in Jupiter, Fla., around 2 a.m. on May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)Tiger Woods says he’s checked out of the clinic where he went to get help dealing with pain medications, adding he will “continue to tackle this going forward.”The treatment follows the golfer’s arrest on a DUI charge after he was found asleep at the wheel in Jupiter, Florida, around 2 a.m. on May 29. Woods told police he was taking various prescriptions. No alcohol was found in his system.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Woods said in a statement last month that he was receiving professional help to manage his medications and how he deals with pain and a sleep disorder. His agent confirmed that the 14-time major champion, who had back surgery in April, was seeking in-patient treatment.Woods said Monday on Twitter that he recently completed an out-of-state “private intensive program.” He said he would continue his work with the help of his doctors, family and friends. He thanked people for their support.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Tatum hits go-ahead shot as Celtics edge Fultz, 76ers LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READlast_img read more