chapter  3
Neutral Science and the Ethics of Resistance
Pages 19

Liebenberg distinguishes three levels of tracking among the Bushmen: First, simple tracking just follows footprints. Second, systematic tracking involved the gathering of information from signs until a detailed indication is built up of the action. Third, speculative tracking involves the creation of a working hypothesis on the basis of: the initial interpretation of signs, a knowledge of behavior, and a knowledge of the terrain. According to Liebenberg this skill of tracking are akin to those of Western intellectual analysis and suggests that all science actually started with tracking. Returning to the opening two paragraphs, one sees that the young widow effortlessly does all three kinds of tracking identified by Liebenberg. Instead of listening to the impressive stories of well-known activists, the commission went out of its way to provide a forum for the most marginalized narratives from rural areas given in indigenous languages.