Birds and Blurred Boundaries: Communities of Practice and the Problem of Regions in San Rock Art
University of Witwatersrand
Differences in southern African San rock art have long been noted, but defining these regions has met with little success. The interpretative approach that has dominated research in the last three decades focuses on similarities across space and through time rather than emphasizing difference. This paper considers the question of regionality in rock art and explores the how concepts of communities and constellations of practice offer tools to reconceptualise regional differences. These two concepts are applied to motifs of flight and transformation in three areas of rock art to interrogate difference and regional variation in the art.