Deon Opperman's Donkerland (1996) also commences with the Great Trek
, but depicts eventually in this epic play (it is 160 pages long and performance time is approximately 5 hours) more than 158 years of Afrikaner history (from the Great Trek
in 1838 to 1996--two years after the first democratic elections were held in South Africa).
Embarrassed by the seeming wide-eyed foolishness of their ancestors, jeered on the school playground by fellow Mennonites, warned to avoid seminary and theological study, descendants of this Great Trek
have returned to their communities to begin a retelling.
Back in the days of the Great Trek
, King Moroka of the Barolong (Dr Moroka's ancestor) was a great friend of the Voortrekkers, whom he regarded as allies against the British, and Thaba Nchu soon became a safe haven and a favourite campsite for Boers migrating north from the Cape.
These stories of displacement have a particular place in the founding of a notion of a South African nation-state, as they complement that other great national myth of displacement, the Great Trek
As an avid reader of African Business I very much enjoyed your fascinating article 'The Great Trek
North' in the August/September 2004 issue concerning the northern movement of southern Africa's white farmers.
9) 'Voortrekkers' is the name that was given to the group of migrants that left the Cape in order to establish independent republics in the interior when the migration was named the Great Trek
The Voortrekker Monument Museum and Fort Schanskop is Pretoria - The administrative capital of South Africa is an elegant city with a great mix of architecture, from European Victorian to Cape Dutch housed in the Voortrekker Monument, built to commemorate the Great Trek
from the Cape of Good Hope into the interior of South Africa between 1835 and 1852.
Such are the Great Trek
celebrations and the Voortrekker Monument; such are Dingaan's Day and Union Day, and such are the approaching Van Riebeeck celebrations.
Historical factoids, such as the origin of funeral wreaths and observations of such traditions as "the homecoming"--the great trek
South when a family member living in the region passes--are interesting, yet when offered alongside pictures, and very real accounts of brutality and violence, her observations seem more like random trivia than seamless information.
They begin a great trek
south to escape the cold - and to reunite human baby Roshan with his nomadic family.
Robert Chazan provides readers with a meticulous analysis of the three prose narratives describing the violence that struck Rhenish Jewish communities in the spring of 1096, when crusaders began to make their way south and eastward on the great trek
that was to take them to the Holy Land.
The two men travel through the Negev desert, into Egypt -- site of the Israelites' enslavement -- and back toward Israel through the Sinai, tracing the Israelites' great trek
through the desert to the Promised Land.