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dc.identifier.citation Elago, H.I. (2015). Colonial monuments in a post-colonial era: a case study of the equestrian monument. In J. Silvester (Ed.), Re-Viewing Resistance in Namibian History (pp. 276-297). Windhoek: UNAM Press. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 978-99916-42-27-7
dc.description.abstract Colonial monuments litter the Namibian landscape, but a shallow reading of their significance fails to recognise the layers of meaning that have attached to these landmarks over the passage of time. The issue that we need to explore is what happens to the monuments, memorials, museums and other sites representing the previous regime’s core values and memories when a new regime, based on very different values, comes to power? When the ruling government changes, the state is faced with basic decisions concerning the past and what to do with the inherited ‘public history’ such as the monuments, memorials, museums and other symbols of power of the previous regime. In some African countries, like Angola, Kenya, Malawi and Angola, heritage sites and objects from the past regime were removed and destroyed as a way of breaking away from the past (Kriger, 1995, p. 141; Marschall, 2008, p. 350; Salvador and Rodrigues, 2012, p. 423). But is this the right way of dealing with a painful past? In Namibia and South Africa there has been little removal or destruction of colonial heritage. Instead, as an alternative for changing the symbolic inherited landscape, the governments have created new sites commemorating previously ignored events and heroes in the struggle to end apartheid, e.g. Heroes Acre in Windhoek, Namibia, and Freedom Park in Pretoria, South Africa. In fact, the Equestrian monument that used to stand next to the Alte Feste located in Windhoek, which was moved in 2009 and ‘removed’ in 2013 is the only colonial monument to date to have been changed since independence. The new Namibian regime has emphasised the importance of teaching the new generation about history and seems to have recognised the value of having tangible commemorative sites such as monuments and memorials. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia Press en_US
dc.subject Colonial monuments en_US
dc.subject Post-colonial era en_US
dc.subject Equestrian monument en_US
dc.title Colonial monuments in a post-colonial era: a case study of the Equestrian monument en_US
dc.type Book chapter en_US

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