A photograph of !Kweiten-ta ken when she was in Mowbray in 1874–5.

!Kweiten-ta-||Ken (also known as Rachel or Griet) was a noted |xam (San) chronicler of xam culture and knowledge. She played an important role in contributing to the Bleek and Lloyd archive of “Bushman Folklore” providing a female perspective on the life, rituals, and beliefs of |xam society. She was the primary source on |xam folklore, customs, and coming-of-age rights. She travelled to the Cape in June 1874 with her family and stayed until January 1875 during which she was interviewed by Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd.[1] She was from the Katkop mountains north west of Brandvlei in what is today South Africa.[2]


  1. ^ Bank, Andrew (2006). Bushmen in a Victorian World: The Remarkable Story of the Bleek-Lloyd Collection of Bushmen Folklore. Juta and Company Ltd. ISBN 9781770130913. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  2. ^ Skotnes, Pippa (1996). MISCAST MISCAST Negotiating the Presence of the Bushmen (PDF). University of Cape Town. ISBN 0-7992-1652-6.