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Xhosa And Khoikhoi "Households": Representations Of Inhabitants Of Southern Africa In The Gordon Atlas

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Robert Jacob Gordon is the first of three travellers with a scientific background the author wishes to discuss in the following chapters. His stay in South Africa produced scientific writings, drawings and maps. In this chapter only a small part of his legacy will be examined-the drawings of indigenous inhabitants of South Africa in the Gordon Atlas. The author will examine these representations together with Gordon's writings. Other drawings from the Atlas which have ethnographic significance will be left unconsidered. In his ethnography he distinguishes between more civilised and less civilized. The Moetoanas and the Xhosas are more civilized than the other groups. Overall, he finds that at bottom people do not differ much from each other. He had set up a small museum in his house with stuffed animals, ethnographic artefacts etc. He seems to have considered publication, because of his early demise nothing ever came of it.

Keywords: drawings; examined; Gordon Atlas; Households; Inhabitants; Khoikhoi; legacy; Representations; Southern Africa; Xhosa



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