“Hide my children”. Samuel Maharero’s letter to the Resident Magistrate, 28 September 1904

  • Matthias Häussler
  • Andreas Eckl
  • Jekura Kavari

Abstract

Having reached the territory of British Bechuanaland after crossing the Omaheke in the wake of the Battle of Hamakari in August 1904, Samuel Maharero, Omuhona wOvaherero, addressed a letter to the Magistrate, dated 28 September 1904. The letter is published here for the first time in its original OtjiHerero version. A literal translation into English differs considerably from the one made on the spot by British officials. While the contemporary translation has been the only historiographical source so far, a literal and accurate translation into English provides quite a different reading and suggests a new reasoning.

Published
2020-06-30
How to Cite
Häussler, M., Eckl, A., & Kavari, J. (2020). “Hide my children”. Samuel Maharero’s letter to the Resident Magistrate, 28 September 1904. Journal of Namibian Studies : History Politics Culture, 27, 125-133. Retrieved from https://namibian-studies.com/index.php/JNS/article/view/8639
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