Heritage-making and the dilemma of multivocality in South Africa: a case of Wildebeest Kuil

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Heritage-making is discussed in this paper as it manifests in the South African museum space, specifically that of the Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Tourism Centre in South Africa’s Northern Cape. This is an archaeologically rich site with the histories of diverse peoples having left impressions on the landscape. It is a relevant microcosm of South Africa’s past fraught with contending histories. The interpretive space at the tourism centre is an example of the hits and misses within the South African heritage landscape in terms of the practice of multivocality; that is, the co-existence of diverse perspectives and narratives. Discussing transformation and democratisation in the South African museum space, the paper highlights two main interpretive efforts at Wildebeest Kuil, the introductory film and the 31 Battalion military exhibition that show both the progress in decolonising the museum space as well as setbacks to that process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)690-701
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Heritage Studies
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2016


  • Heritage
  • San
  • Wildebeest Kuil
  • diversity
  • multivocality
  • museum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Conservation
  • Cultural Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Museology


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