Cobus van Bosch

Nama women and child, Namaqualand, late 1800’s. (Oil on canvas, 38cm x 76cm, 2013).
Source: Western Cape Archives

The Namas, an indigenous ethnic group and part of the Khoikhoi people, occupies much of central Namibia, the Northern Cape (South Africa) and parts of Botswana. They suffered severe hardships against German forces in Namibia during the Nama and Herero War of 1904-1907. The discovery of diamonds and other minerals in the Northern Cape hastened the colonisation of the area, with the loss of considerable tracts of Nama land. In 2002 large areas in Namaqualand were returned to the Nama as communal land.