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Becoming Elands’ People: Neoglacial Subsistence and Spiritual Transformations in the Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains, Southern Africa

November 4 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Anthropology Lecture Series: “Becoming Elands’ People: Neoglacial Subsistence and Spiritual Transformations in the Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains, Southern Africa”

Dr. Brian Stewart

McDonnel Hall Room C103

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Zoom link:   https://msu.zoom.us/j/99146869800

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Southern Africa’s Maloti- Drakensberg Mountains possess excavated archives of ancient human-highland engagements together with one of the world’s richest corpuses of rock art. With new direct dates from rock paintings comes the opportunity to relate excavated data to the parietal record, enabling the incorporation into socioecological models of ideational inferences about how foragers perceived the mountains they operated within. Of particular interest is the late Holocene neoglacial (3–2 ka), during which skilled paintings were being made as the region experienced dynamic changes owing in part to climate change. Responses of local afromontane foragers are evident across a range of cultural spheres, including dramatic subsistence transformations. With the Maloti-Drakensberg’s well-known ‘traditional corpus’ of fine-line art now known to extend back to 3 ka, here I explore how such changes may have precipitated and in turn been influenced by ontological shifts in relation to the food quest.

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Details

Date:
November 4
Time:
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Venue

103C McDonel Hall

Organizer

Department of Anthropology
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