Allan Christelow

In Memory of Gobo Fingo: Frontier Experience in Africa and America

Gobo Fingo was a sheepherder, and a victim of the sheep-cattle wars of the West, meeting a violent end near Burley, Idaho in the 1880s. He began his life among the Xhosa people of South Africa, where he was orphaned during the Cattle Killing of the mid 1850s, a desperate, religiously inspired response to defeat in frontier wars and confiscation of land. A white family who emigrated from South Africa to Utah adopted him. This talk will take Gobo Fingo as a point of departure for talking about frontier experiences in South Africa, North Africa, and the American West.