03.04.2013 - 03.04.2013 65 °F
Well, to be honest, yesterday’s excursion to Phe Zulu was a little hokey. The Zulus who enacted the dramas and dances looked quite bored, and the huts looked like they were theme park rejects. So when we set off to the Xhosa village today we weren’t very optimistic. We were mightily surprised! This village was authentic - dung on the ground and all, and we were welcomed by an enthusiastic group of kids of 10-14 years and tribal elders. Everyone makes heartfelt music here, beating drums, lining out melodies that get filled with rich harmony. Everyone dances here, feet pounding and bodies swirling. They danced welcome dances and interpretative dances and farewell dances across the field and in the huts, and they served us a meal cooked in another hut. Men and women were separated into their own huts (see Bill in 1st photo below) and told stories (men about circumcision practices and women about infertility cures). Khaya La Bantu (The Peoples Place) was established by two brothers, South African natives, who are deeply committed to the Xhosa, both to providing housing/education/opportunity and also to preserving their traditions.