Traditional leaders of the Damara

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Traditional leaders of the Damara ( English Traditional Leaders ) describes as a collective term both historical leaders of the Damara , as well as leaders of the Homeland Damaraland of South West Africa and also the traditional leaders in today's Namibia .

Legal basis

According to the Namibian Constitution of 1990, traditional leaders, tribal and clan heads, as well as traditionally determined or democratically elected leaders, are given a permanent place in the Namibian political system . This takes into account the multicultural and multi-layered society of the country.

The Traditional Authorities Act provides for the terms head or chief , but also allows the use of traditional titles.

Common heads

In modern times (at least since 1971) the head of the Damara is the chairman of the so-called Damara Council . He is based in Khorixas . For centuries they have been called the king gaob . Many of them belonged to the ǃOeǂgan from Goreseb Roayal House 1 . A common traditional bill provides for the unification of all clans under one king.

Clan leader


The ǃGobanin are based in Otjinene .


The ǀKhomanin are based in Windhoek .

  • Josophat Gawa-ǃNab (also Josephat), † October 9, 2013
  • Juliana Gawa-! Nas ; since 2014 (interim)


The ǃOeǂgan are based in Okombahe .

  • Immanuel ǂNu-axa ǃGâseb (also Immanuel ≠ Nu Axa ǀGâseb )


The Tsoaxudaman are based in Otjimbingwe .


The ǃGaiodaman are based in Kamanjab .


The ǂAodaman are based in Inhoek .

Dâure Daman

The Dâure Daman have their seat in ǂNu-danab . Historically, they settled around the Brandberg massif , on Khoekhoegowab Dâures .

  • Ida ǀHuseb , * 1830 † 1950 (?)
  • Abraham ǁGuruseb (also Seibeb), † 1894; about 1860-1880
  • Elias Taniseb , † 2017; 1984 (officially recognized on March 6, 2008) to 2017
  • Zacharias Seibeb ; since 2017


  1. Note: This article contains characters from the alphabet of the Khoisan languages spoken in southern Africa . The display contains characters of the click letters ǀ , ǁ , ǂ and ǃ . For more information on the pronunciation of long or nasal vowels or certain clicks , see e.g. B. under Khoekhoegowab .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Traditional Authorities Act. Republic of Namibia, No. 25, 2000.
  2. // Garoëb proposes one Damara leadership. The Namibian, November 3, 2016.
  3. ./Khomanin chief dies. The Namibian, October 11, 2013 Retrieved October 11, 2013
  4. I Am Acting / Khomanin Chief, Says Gawa! Nas. The Namibian, from, February 7, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2014