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HERERO, or OVAHERERO (" merry people ")

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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 358 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HERERO, or OVAHERERO (" merry people "), a Bantu people of German South-West Africa, living in the region known as Damaraland or Ilereroland. They call themselves Ovaherero and their language Otshi-herero. Sometimes they are described as Cattle Damara or " Damara of the Plains " in distinction from the Hill Damara who are of mixed blood and Hottentots in language. The Herero, whose main occupation is that of cattle-rearing, are a warlike race, possessed of considerable military skill, as was shown in their campaigns of 1go4–5 against the Germans. (See further GERMAN SOUTH-WEST AFRICA.)
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What a mistake! 1. Ovaherero people have no link with the Damara people. The description 'Cattle Damara' or "Damara of the Plains" - that refers to another group of Damara people (and it's even not common - in fact some whites during the colonial era have developed such derogative names.) Ovaherero people consist of a number of other groups, viz. Ovahimba, Ovambanderu, Ovatjimba, Ovatue, etc. 2. We are not a war-like race! When we fought the German Army, we where defending what is ours - our Ancestral Land. That prompted the war for Liberation which toook us over 100 years. We are a peace-loving tribe! It is very disturbing to read what some insensitive idiots writes and, without verifying, publish such poor work internationally. That does not only disturb that paricular nation/tribe, but it's an embarrassment to the authors too. Thanks for having made a provission for comments and it is my hope and wish that you will alter the mistakes in question.
our language is not otshiherero but rather otjiherero wich you pronounce the tj the same as sh. Ovaherero people were not originaly a waring people as they are mere cattle raisers and were forced in an ugly situation when their vast plains where they raise their cattle were ocupied forcefully by Germans and as a result had to revolt and many died for their land (80) percent. Ovaherero are peace loving Namibians who are still living like foreigners in their own land as their land is still in the hands of those who stole it from them.
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