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Beads and Beadwork of the San people, Southern Africa. part 1

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In the blistering heat, hunting and running down the next meal can take days. So it is surprising that the San had the time, energy or will to make beads. The fact they did, conveys as much about the significance, symbolism and holistic function attributed to beads, as it does about the human need to heal and create beauty. Continue reading “Beads and Beadwork of the San people, Southern Africa. part 1”

BEER AMONGST THE ZULU PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA

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Frothy and nutritious, local beer called utshwala is much beloved by the Zulu people, and besides mere recreational enjoyment, it also serves other functions.

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WIRE WORK BOTTLES, ZULU PEOPLE, SOUTH AFRICA

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Vibrant, pulsating and alive – unique telephone wire woven designs made by Zulu men to encase glass bottles reflect one aspect of the development of a popular culture between the 1950’s and 1980’s in Southern Africa.

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MAT HOLDERS, ZULU, SOUTH AFRICA

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Practical, utilitarian, sometimes with a jazzy decorative appeal these items were considered a relevant part of gift exchange at marriage ceremonies in Kwa Zulu Natal, last century.

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BEDU MASKS, GHANA

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The colonials considered this visually forceful artistic tradition and masquerade ceremony subversive. The reason why is evident.

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Blanchard Magoe and Adams

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Cheerful, vivid, and fresh are adjectives describing paintings by Ivorians Adams and Blanchard Magoe.

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SACRED TREES IN HEALERS’ YARDS EAST MPUMALANGA

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“.. in the land of the ancient Zulus in my time when I was a young man, we never used to call trees “trees” but rather “growing people”. “This is a person”. Credo Mutwa (1996:15)

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MURALS AT SACRED SPACES IN EAST MPUMALANGA.

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Walls vividly painted with stylized botanical species, figurative imagery or repetitive patterns using linear motifs or dots announce the yards of traditional healers to passers-by.

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WOVEN GRASS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA: TWO EXAMPLES

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Woven grass mats are a rather obscure traditional craft. This is the subtle, the quiet and the normally overlooked, beauty.

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