Dancing Fish Gallery
The Dancing Fish gallery at Madi a Thavha features the cultural heritage of the Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho people and their art and crafts development through Traditional to Transitional and Contemporary phases.
The rich heritage legacy of rock art, narrative expression of legends and myths, folklore, folk songs, instrumental music and traditional dancing is still very vibrant. Festivals, ceremonies, music performances dancing, storytelling and many other forms of creative expressions are unique experiences in this region.
The arts consist of sculptures, carving in wood and stone, pottery, metalwork, beadwork and body decoration, basket weaving, textiles and embroidery, but also architectural design, wall decorations and interior design. All artistic expressions symbolise the various cultural groups and talents of the people.
The various exhibitions are incorporated in the lodge facilities, inside the buildings and in the gardens. Colourful panels with a combination of pictures and text provide information about themes related to Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho cultural heritage. Six panels and various historical objects lead you through the cultures of the area: Venda, Tsonga, Balobedo, Hananwa, Ba Palaborwa and the Early settlers. Other panels explain the cultural landscape of the area and the rich history of the ancient kindom of Mapungubwe as well as the artistic development of the people through traditional, transitional and contemporary phases.
Besides the presentations about the rich cultural landscape of the area, various themes are exhibited. such as ‘the meaning of beads’, ‘traditional healing’, ' the music of Limpopo' and ‘food and food preparation’.