The Centre for Curating the Archive’s Onthouers | Rememberers project launched on the weekend of the 18th of September at the Liggiesfees in Clanwilliam. Members of the Clanwilliam and Algeria communities joined to view the website and Dr Siona O’Connell’s latest documentary film, Uitgesmyt.
Patrick Hanekom, CCA fieldworker and well-known resident of Clanwilliam, conducted each interview and facilitated the launch at Sederberg Primary School. Onthouers | Rememberers was well received by the audience, who recognised and pointed out familiar faces throughout the presentation. Uitgesmyt was described as an insightful look into the unfamiliar history of a nearby community.
Onthouers | Rememberers functions as an online archive of stories from people living in the Cederberg and Hantam areas, in the Western and Northern Cape. About 60 recorded interviews, recorded in Afrikaans and transcribed and translated to English, have been collected thus far from residents of Clanwilliam, Citrusdal, Algeria, Calvinia, Wupperthal, Lamberts Bay and surrounding areas. Interviewees spoke of their childhood and upbringing, their experiences of school and work life, as well as legends of the waterbaas and waternooientjie, Jantjie’s ram, Dirk Ligter and Kaatjie Kekkelbek, while memories of the forced removals in Citrusdal, land claims, and other narratives from the apartheid era were also shared.
The collection of recordings presents a wealth of previously undocumented and unexplored histories. Onthouers | Rememberers is an ongoing project and active archive as interviews will continue to be added.
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