Inspiration for the craft items made by the Living Landscape crafters comes from the stories of the /Xam, sourced in the Bleek and Llyod ethnographic collection, and the images found in rock paintings of the region. Natural items such as seeds, reeds, seed pods, leather and ostrich eggshells are integrated into the craft objects which are all hand-made.
While all items made in our workshop are an interpretation they do echo a deep relationship with San imaginative expression. For instance leather bags have both a functional utility but also a direct linkage to the /Xam creation stories. While the /Xam no longer exist as a people and both their culture and language are extinct we believe the crafting which takes place in our workshops acknowledges more than a trace from the past, it brings into the present that which might have been lost to the past.
Also available in the craft shop are images of the rock art reproduced as post cards and much more.
On sale too is the first publication in the Follow the San series,
The Mantis, the Eland and the Hunter
This publication is a companion document to the Warmhoek rock art trail to which our trained guides take daily tours. The images in the shelters along this trail are reproduced in full colour together with a description and interpretation.
Cederberg Rock Paintings
Cederberg Rock Paintings, published in October 2003, is the scond publication in the Follow the San series. The text, written by Professor John Parkington, is illustrated with over 200 colour photographs, tracings, and diagrams.
As noted on the cover blurb these Cederberg rock paintings are, as Wilhelm Bleek observed in the late 19th century, about the things that "most deeply moved the Bushman mind".
The book appears at an important moment when the insights offered to Bleek and his sister-in-law Lucy Lloyd by their /Xam informants have transformed the analysis of painted images from speculation to understanding.
Shoreline, strandlopers ans shell middens
The third in this ongoing series. It looks at how information are been extracted from shells, bones and artefacts along the South African shores to write the history of our species.
Karoo rock engravings
Other publications are being added when available such as Heaven's things: a story of the /Xam and A story is the wind: Representing time and space in San narratives.
Pages from the Bleek and Llyod collection made in the 1870s, recording /Xam creation myths.
Interactive CD which describes the Warmhoek Rock Art in pictures, text, audio and landscape panorama images.