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Coat of arms (crest) of Namaland

Official blazon

  • (af)

Wapen: Kepersgewys verdeel, groen en goud, in die skildhoof 'n aanstotende verkorte paal met spits voet, ook goud, in die skildvoet vergesel van 'n bundel van nege swart pyle, groen gebind.
Helmteken: 'n Kokerboom van natuurlike kleur voor 'n bundel van nege pyle met swart skagte en goue punte.
Wrong en Dekklede: Goud en groen.
Skildhouers: Twee springbokke van natuurlike kleur, elk met 'n rooi tou gekeel waaraan 'n groen koker met 'n rooi pyl daarin, vasgemaak is.

  • (en)

Arms: Per chevron, Vert and Or, in chief a pale couped fitchy at the foot conjoined, also Or, in base a sheaf of nine arrows with heads to chief Sable, bound Vert.
Crest: In front of a sheaf of nine arrows with heads upwards Or and shafts Sable, a quiver tree proper.
Wreath and mantling: Or and Vert.
Supporters: Two springbok proper, each gorged of a cord Gules, with a quiver Vert bearing an arrow Gules pendant therefrom.


The arms were officially granted on October 20, 1989 and were abolished on the independence of Namibia in 1990.

The arms for this now defunct ethnic administra­tion for the nine Nama tribes in (then) South West Africa (represented by the sheaf of nine arrows), has a shield partition based on the form of the famous sandstone sentinal known as Mukorob, the " Finger of God" , which until recently stood in the heart of Namaland. One of Namibia 's best-known landmark s, Mukorob has since collapsed and is now a mere heap of rubble.

The wood of the quiver tree depicted in the crest was used in former times by the territory's early inhabitants , the Bushmen, to make quivers for their arrows.

The supporters are two springbok, which were found in great numbers in Namaland. To distinguish these supporters from springbok supporting other coats of arms, they are differenced by means of quivers suspended from their necks.

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