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​Heard the one about the Spaniard, Ouma and the lion? - Mail & Guardian

There were never more than three people who could read /Xam: Bleek, Lloyd and Dorothea Bleek, Wilhelm's daughter. I asked José Manuel de Prada-Samper, the author of the recently published The Man Who Cursed the Wind and Other Stories from the ...

The local non-fiction to look forward to in 2016 (Jan – June) - Books LIVE (blog)

How has history treated Dorothea Bleek? Has she been recognised as a scholar in her own right? Was she an adventurer, or was she conservative, a researcher who belittled the people she studied? These are some of the questions with which Jill Weintroub ...

A fascinating new insight into the Bleek and Lloyd archive in Dorothea Bleek: A Life of Scholarship - Books LIVE (blog)

Wits Press is proud to present Jill Weintroub's investigative biography of an important South African researcher and scholar, Dorothea Bleek: A Life of Scholarship: Dorothea Bleek (1873 to 1948) devoted her life to completing the 'bushman researches ...

Dorothea Frances Bleek aka Dorothy F. Bleek was an South African-born German anthropologist and philologist known for her research on the Bushmen of southern Africa.

Dorothea Bleek
Born (1873-03-26)26 March 1873
Mowbray, Cape Town
Died 27 July 1948(1948-07-27) (aged 75)
Nationality South African
  • South Africa
  • Germany
Occupation Anthropologist and philologist
Parent(s) Wilhelm Bleek

Dorothea Frances Bleek aka Dorothy F. Bleek (26/27 March 1873 Mowbray, Cape - 27 June 1948 Newlands, Cape) was an South African-born German anthropologist and philologist known for her research on the Bushmen (the San people) of southern Africa.

She was born into her profession as the fifth daughter of Wilhelm Bleek, a pioneering philologist studying the languages and cultures of southern Africa in the late 1800s. Much of his work was done in partnership with his sister-in-law (Dorothy Bleek's aunt) Lucy Lloyd. The work of Dorothy Bleek was largely a continuation of her father and aunt's research, but she also made numerous notable contributions of her own to the field. Her culminating work, published after death, was the book A Bushman Dictionary, still referenced today.

Laurens van der Post, who liked to think of himself as "a white Bushman", credited her book Mantis and His Hunter (along with Specimens of Bushman Folklore by her father and aunt) as "a sort of Stone Age Bible". This is in the introduction to The Heart of the Hunter (1961), a follow-up to The Lost World of the Kalahari, the book based on the BBC series that brought the Bushmen to international attention.

Bleek's research and findings are often overshadowed by the work of her father, and she has been criticised for lacking the empathy and intuition of him and her aunt. This has led to a perception of her as a racist. Despite this, Bleek's research on the language, customs, and especially rock art of southern Africa (present-day South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, and Namibia) stands as a vital contribution to scholarship on the region. Her photographs and audio recordings were especially important to later researchers.