Besides the presentations about the rich cultural landscape of the area, various themes are exhibited, such as ‘beads and their historical and cultural relevance’, ‘the healing wisdom of Africa' and ‘food and food preparation’.
Beads and their Historical and Cultural Relevance
Human history in Africa over the past 12,000 years is interlaced through its beads. The wealth and value of beads and textiles gave kingdoms a powerbase for negotiation and exchange. Those who controlled the trade routes had the power. Kingdoms of Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe held a wealth of gold, glass and stone beads. By learning the language of beads, it is possible to understand all the hidden meanings, messages and symbolism, which are such strong vehicles of communication.
The healing wisdom of Africa
Africa's Ancient Healing Practices are contained within the extended knowledge of our Traditional Healers. The African Spirit Healer is universally referred to as a sangoma (‘isangoma’). About 200 000 registered traditional healers are practicing in South Africa. There is great misunderstanding about Traditional Healing which is wrongly linked to witchcraft, evil and disease; but rather has everything to do with healing illness and imbalance of body and mind.
Food and food preparations
The exhibition about food and food preparations show the various pots, bowls, plates, spoons used to prepare traditional food. These items, traditionally used in households, are objects of art and mainly made from clay and wood. Each pot, bowl and plate is used for a specific purpose, for example, storage of beer, serving food or cooking on open fire.