Reverence and remembrance of the Khoisan and their culture was a first for a few residents of Wentworth, where they were able to observe and participate in an intimate space, under the same roof.
The Reverence of the Khoisan meeting, held at the Austerville Library, carried an inexplicably sacrosanct presence that filled the space.
They displayed their authenticity with song and dance, and elucidation on the etymology of their language.
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The Heritage Month celebration was hosted by librarian, Natalie Carter, and presented by Khoisan Nama Captain, Paul Noah, Headman Deon Amos and Khoisan and Chief Dillano De Waal, who lamented that the Khoisan are more than what they have been reduced to.
Centuries of ignorance, prejudice and opinions lacking evidence or scholarly research have tainted traditional views of these indigenous people of the earth.
Carter said, “When the early settlers and colonists arrived in the 18th century, so did systematic conversions, exploitation, abuse, slavery and murder of these indigenous people.”
The speakers present were Khoisan Chief SA, Headman S Plaatjies, Kei Korana Natal, Chief L Julies and Chief L Lochenberg (Bizana).
The venerable Khoisan Chief SA said, “It does not help to be hostile to our oppressors, or hurt their spirit. It is a balance between educating people and keeping the cohesiveness of our peace as well.”
While some have adopted European culture, these humble human beings have clung tenaciously to their own authentic culture.