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Lesson Plans

Ndebele wall painting

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Betty Bowen (
Wed, 3 Feb 1999 10:42:05 -0600

After the rains season the paintings dim, so they are re-done, often in an
entirely different way. The women spend a great deal of their time painting,
repainting and building walls and courtyards, and sweeping the floors and
common areas in patterns as well. Even around the chicken yard are painted
walls. The wife owns her own home, the man builds a new framework for her,
and she fills in the walls with adobe and paint, and it's Hers. If she's
sent away, it becomes available for public use but no other wife can ever
have it. I think her children get it if she dies, but I don't quite
They also make their own single-color bead-wrapped ornaments in the same
group of colors.
Fascinating people who have structured their lives around making their
surroundings beautiful.