Jarita Holbrook, Associate Professor at the University of Western Cape, will hold a seminar entitled: Indigenous Astronomy & Folklore in the Karoo
"Working with folklorist Jose De Prada-Samper, we recorded several stories with elders connected to the sky in the Karoo semi-desert region of South Africa. The elders spoke in Afrikaans, but as de Prada-Samper found a decade ago, the stories were those of the indigenous inhabitants of the Karoo, the San. The video recorded records are an archive of the connection to San knowledge and ideas that remain in the area as well as those of elders that have since passed away."
Jarita Holbrook is an Associate Professor of Physics and part of the Astronomy and Cosmology Group at the University of the Western Cape. She is a leader in the interdisciplinary field of Cultural Astronomy and she has done much to promote the study of African Indigenous Astronomy. Her research includes studies of astrophysicists, media, and science communication