Stories recorded in ochre with feathers

The Biodiversity Garden in Green Point is a wonderful place to connect with how hunter gathers used to live their nomadic lives surviving off the biodiversity of the SW Cape. In Jan and Feb 2017 Sweet Valley Gr 5 classes visited the garden and connected with the kind of things the Khoi-Khoi would have used.

The things we need to make our lives easier
The things we need to make our lives easier

 

Plastic cool drink bottles that close easily with a screw on lid are things we take for granted.

The children were fascinated to hold an ostrich egg shell and work out how to make a lid to prevent the water coming out.

 

 

 

Bows and Arrows are for hunting and surviving

Dressing up in leather Khoi Khoi clothes
Dressing up in leather Khoi Khoi clothes

Young boys still like playing with sticks and stones and in the past this would have taught them important survival skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Powdered ochre makes a wonderful paint

powdered ochre paint
powdered ochre paint
grind stone to make ocher paint
grind stone to make ochre paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recording a story with ochre paint and a feather

capturing stories
capturing stories
painting with a feather
painting with a feather

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doris the security lady

Doris the security lady
Doris the security lady

Doris was delighted to be invited to tell her story. On a normal day she is responsible for controlling visitor behavior in the garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recording the process of life

hunting
hunting

Men in hunter-gatherer clans were responsible for hunting to provide food for their families.

An age old scene is portrayed here……not sure if this animal will get away or not.

 

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