The Formation of a Nation: Can the Children of a Colony be Indigenous?
The Baster People of Rehoboth
Chaired by: Jan Goossens (Royal Flemish Theater KVS Brussels)
Respondent: Iva Petkovic (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation)
Martin Gustav Dentlinger is Provisional Captain of the Rehoboth Baster Community and Secretary General of the Namibian political party United People’s Movement (UPM). This lecture addresses the complex nature of peoples that have been shaped through the history of colonial occupation, such as the Baster People of Rehoboth. These children of colonists and indigenous people have suffered a history of exclusion, as they belonged neither to the colonizers nor to the indigenous. Nonetheless, the Baster People of Rehoboth will argue that being the product of colonial history is simply another form of indigeneity, which, just as any other peoples, allows for the right to self-governance and acknowledgment of a unique common culture, language and politics.
The New World Summit: Stateless State took place at the Royal Flemish Theater in Brussels, Belgium, 19-21 September 2014.