Namies of the Cochoquas1
F, #18896, b. circa 1650
|Father*||Oedasoa of the Cochoquas2 b. c 1620, d. 1689/90|
|Mother*||Sister of Krotoa of the Goringhaicona2 b. c 1630|
|BirthOrigin*||Namies was most likely born in the area around modern day Saladanha Bay perhaps circa 1650. The date is estimated based on her description as a girl in 1660.3|
|(Member) PeopleGroup||In 1657 Oedasoa and Gonnoma were leaders of the Cochoquas, a group whom Van Riebeeck described as living primarily in two groups. The first under Oedosoa living in the area surrounding Saladanha Bay, while Gonnoma lead the second group who lived somewhat inland from the first. Van Riebeeck said that together they numbered thousands of men, but does not mention women and children, whom together would most likely have outnumbered the men. Being pastoralists they moved frequently in accordance with the grazing needs of their herds. Included in their number was Namies.4|
- [S406] H.B. Thom, editor, Journal of Jan van Riebeeck Vol III 1659-1662 translated by J. Smuts from the original Dutch, (Cape Town, Amsterdam: A.A. Balkema, 1954), pp.173, 175. Hereinafter cited as Journal of Jan van Riebeeck Vol III 1659-1662.
- [S844] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, JVR Journal III, 1659-1662, H.C.V. Leibrandt; (Cape Town, South Africa: W. A. Richards & Sons, Government Printers, Castle Street, 1897), pp.173, 175. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives, JVR Journal III 1659-1662.
- [S406] H.B. Thom editor, Journal of Jan van Riebeeck Vol III 1659-1662, pp.173, 175. With his own hand Oedasoa helped his daughter, a beautiful, well-shaped girl, not darker than an ordinarily white Mestiso. ... Oedasoa's daughter, named Namies (received) ...
- [S646] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, JVR Journal II, 1656-1658, H.C.V. Leibrandt; (Cape Town, South Africa: W. A. Richards & Sons, Government Printers, Castle Street, 1897), p.80: We gathered that there was an emperor or king, who rulled over all the Cape natives and called by them Chobona. He lived far inland, and isl rich inl gold, which they called "Chory," and which is taken out of the sand. They also know to coin and stamp the coins, which they made as big as, or even bigger than, the palms of the hands.
p.89: but when we said that the large majority of Saldanhars considered the Chobona as their king, he replied that they were mad, as the great chief was the old stout man named Gogosy who lived among the biggest troop of the Caapmen, and who was acknowledged as such by all who dwelt on this side of the Great Berg River, ...
p.90: They had long hanging but no curled hair, as the Hottentoos.. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives, JVR Journal II 1656-1658.