Dawid Kruiper

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Dawid Kruiper


Traditional leader of the Khomani San, healer 

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Location of birth: 
Kalahari National Park (now Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park)
Date of death: 
13 June 2012
Location of death: 
Upington, Northern Cape

Dawid Kruiper was born in the Kalahari National Park (now Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park) in 1936.  He referred to himself as “Die Ou Ram” (The Old Ram). He was the first son of the legendary San leader, Regopstaan Kruiper.

Kruiper was the traditional leader and healer of the Khomani San, hunter-gatherers living in the Kalahari Desert. He became leader of the //Sa! Makai in 1987. Kruiper was well known for his acting role as a tracker in the 1989 movie, The Gods Must Be Crazy II.

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• Gool B. & Friedman R. (2012). Obituary Dawid Kruiper 1936 ”“ 2012 [online]. Available at www.oryxmedia.co.za.  accessed on 26 June 2012
•   Dawid Kruiper´s Leadership,  [online]. Available at www.thinkingthreads.com   accessed on 26 June 2012  Accessed on 26 June 2012
• Konrad R. (2008) Diploma Thesis “Lions and Jackals from Vienna, October 2008, University of Vienna ”“ p105 online. Available at www.thinkingthreads.com . Accessed on 26 June 2012
• SAPA (2012). Desert state funeral for Khoisan leader from News 24 [online] Available at www.news24.com . Accessed on 27 June 2012
• SAPA. (2012). State funeral for Khomani San leader  from the Cape Times [online]. Available at www.iol.co.za . Accessed on 28 June 2012 

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This article was produced by South African History Online on 04-Jul-2012

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