Tribal Peoples of the Eastern Cape – Transkei

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The following imagery and text was authored by Lister Haig Hunter

 

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Fine study of a Fingo beauty at a dance.

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Xhosa maids bathing in the river.

 

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A typical Transkei scene.

 

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Three married Fingo women in beautiful headdress.

 

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Xhosa kiddies at a food pot.

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Grinding corn outside during Festival time.

 

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Wood carriers in winter time.

 

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Pondo girls making up before a dance.

 

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An ox-drawn sledge loaded with corn, homeward bound.

 

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Witch doctor serving medicine in his shop in Umtata.

 

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Children being painted up before dancing.

 

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The grindstone used inside hut for grinding corn.

 

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Pondo girls doing the POZAAN DANCE.

 

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Tiny tots dancing.

 

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Returning from fields homeward bound with baskets of corn.

 

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One Sunday afternoon. Circle of Pondo dancers enjoying themselves.

 

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Pondo girl dancing the NOMJEKO.

 

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Stamping corn in a huge hollowed out rock.

 

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A unique picture. Married Xhosa twin sisters.

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Women are the same the world over. Here one beauty assists another.

 

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Youngsters asleep on their bed – a sleeping mat on the floor.

 

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Pondo initiate wears this funny hat. He is not allowed to look at women during ceremony. By lowering head had automatically obscures face.

 

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After any strenuous work, a mother always expresses hot milk from her body before feeing baby as they maintain it is harmful to child.

 

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Witch doctor attending patient, all bangles removed from painful arm. He incises with spear then applies a herbal remedy.

 

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Mother with child on her back off to town. Both faces painted for beauty.

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A Xhosa woman smoking her traditional Xhosa pipe.

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A fine study of an old Xhosa man.

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A truly magnificent picture. Two-year old Samson, a young Xhosa lad.

 

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Be it a bottle, a basket or a barrel, Xhosa women carry most goods on their heads.

 

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A study of an old Xhosa woman.

 

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Me, my basket and my lovely big beautiful eyes. My name, LEQANI, – 1 ½ years old.

 

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This woman is wearing a necklace made from the MVANI tree. This tree grows in the forest. It has medicinal qualities, and indicates she is the mother of a baby, and even if baby is not with her the necklet ensures that no one will molest her, even at a beer drink. The necklet is accepted throughout the Transkei by every adult as a mother’s protection at all time

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  1. You have provided a fantastic site.

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