Even the Nama people
, at a later stage, signed such a contract and all the indigenous tribes accepted the rule of the Kaiser.
The fate of the Herero caused the Nama people, initially on better terms with the colonialists, to rise up.
Too little has been written about this period in German history; there is, however, a growing literature--in German and English--on Germany's mass murder of the Herero and Nama peoples in southwestern Africa between 1904 and 1907.
How else can we explain his refusal to call the murder of approximately 80% of the Herero and over 50% of the Nama people genocide?
More than 80% of the Herero and over 50% of the neighbouring Nama people were killed during the genocide, which also included working captured Herero and Nama people to death inside concentration camps that provided forced labour to German businesses.
After a fierce, sustained and hugely expensive legal battle, the South African government will finally have to hand over the fabulously diamond-wealthy Richterveld territory to its traditional owners, the Nama people
of the KhoiSan nation.
For the past few years, Jerry Birdsall of Southbury, Connecticut has been working to empower the Nama people
to solve their own ecological and economic problems.
The Topnaar community, located in the Western central Namib along the Kuiseb River in the area around Walvis Bay, is technically a branch of the Nama people
But the Nama people
, led by Hendrik Witbooi, rejected any form of dependence on the German colonial power and opposed the "protection treaties", whereas the Hereros had agreed to German protection already in 1890.
Last month we reported that the diamond-rich Richtersveld region in South Africa was about to be given back to the Nama people
, its ancestral owners.
Archaeological evidence indicates the presence of the Nama people
as early as 700AD.