12 May 2011

Museum cherish being African

By: Zongezile Matshoba

The observation of the International Museum Day continued on the second day with young grade 6 to 9 from four farm learners visiting the museum. These were from Malla, Farmersfield, Hope Fountain and Seven Fountains all around Grahamstown in the Makana Municipality.

Zweliyanyikima Vena, a well-respected veteran in isiXhosa culture and traditions, graced the day. The day focused on African genealogy. Vena emphasized on the importance of knowing each one’s father and mother backgrounds.

“God need and love people who know and cherish their background,” Vena said. “You must not miss the point that knowing yourself and identity is the key,” added, and warning those thinking that living and believing the western way is fancy and posh.

Vena acknowledged the importance of education, and the role that museums are playing. The move by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) to focus on Africa with the theme “Museums and Memory” proved to be a wise one.

The learners proved the grounding in their African roots. With whistles and ululations rumbling the hall, they seemed like competing, taking the stage one after other. Amazingly, they recalled clan names of their mothers, fathers, and grandparent-parents.

The general tour to the galleries left their faces blossoming with wide smiles as they pose for pictures all over the place.

For More ...
International Council of Museums (ICOM):
International Museum Day
South African Museums Association (SAMA)

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