THE PUBLIC ART OF COMMEMORATING THE WARS OF RESISTANCE: A BRIEF LIMPOPO CHAPTER
by Mahunele Thotse

This book examines sites in Limpopo Province where the history of the Wars of Resistance is represented on the landscape through public art that celebrates the traditional leaders who fought those wars. The Public Art of Commemorating the Wars of Resistance: A Brief Limpopo Chapter explores the overlapping and oftentimes complex relationships between identity, memory, heritage and the cultural landscape. The book draws particular attention to the powerful role that statues, honouring traditional leaders who fought wars of resistance, have played to save their peoples’ land from colonial conquerors. This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on the memorialisation of the Wars of Resistance in South Africa. The book further provides a stimulating introduction to the issue of how South Africans commemorate the Wars of Resistance.

Mahunele Thotse’s book is the first to document so thoroughly and so persuasively the process by which the Limpopo Province came to narrate the wars of resistance through public art. The documents and photographs discussed in the book make for an essential text for those interested in cultural studies, and historical and heritage studies, including tourist guides.

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