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Re: Zululand

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Linda Kelty (lckelty)
Sat, 5 Jun 1999 22:46:56 -0400

Tracey, Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. The book was hidden
away at school and I found it. The title is "Ashanti to Zulu" an ABC book
of African Tribes by ? Musgroves. I can't remember their first names, but
they are a husband and wife team who wrote and illustrated it. Beautiful.
Use it alot. Caldecott award winner. Hope this helps. Linda K., ia,us.
-----Original Message-----
From: The Colliers <atla>
To: Linda Kelty <lckelty>
Date: Sunday, May 30, 1999 3:33 PM
Subject: Re: Zululand

>Dear Linda,
>Unfortunately I have not seen the book you mentioned. Who is it by?
>Linda Kelty wrote:
>> Tracey, Thank you for the photos!! Really great images and very
>> for those of us who have never been to Africa. Have you seen the book
>> Ashanti to Zulu"? My students love it. Linda K in Iowa
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: The Colliers <atla>
>> To: ricki fromkin <fromkinr>; BRobi14012
>> <BRobi14012>; Rosikins <Rosikins>; b. schasfoort
>> <b.schasfoort>; E.Delany <>; John Hinkel
>> <shinkel>; Jameson <jameson4>; John &
>> Barrick <astroboy>; Judy Grochowski <jfgro>; Linda
>> <lckelty>; The Cheevers <lazydog>;
>> <MPBC90>
>> Date: Tuesday, May 25, 1999 6:07 PM
>> Subject: Zululand
>> >Hi all,
>> >here goes.
>> >Image no 1
>> >one of the interesting things that happened in colonies in the past,
>> >wasthat the local people accepted Christianity, as missionaries were
>> >often the first to venture into uncharted territory, but mixed it with
>> >their own traditional beliefs. one such group in Kwa Zulu (the place of
>> >the Zulu) is the Shembe. They are so named because of the founder of the
>> >church, a prophet with the name Shembe. They have developed a dress code
>> >entirely their own. ( in Zulu culture, dress code is very important, as
>> >it signifis you status within the community, and can even tell people
>> >where you are from, and in this instance, what your religion is)
>> >The hats they are wearing are the traditional ihloko, but with panels of
>> >the most beautiful beadwork sewn on either side, the beads are small and
>> >a hat like this can take weeks to make. I have never seen patterns
>> >repeated. Each one is unique.
>> >It is only the Shembe that wear hats with panels like this.
>> >
>> >Image no 2
>> >These are my favourite Zulu hats. They are called isicolo and are worn
>> >by married women. They used to be made by rubbing clay mixed with fat
>> >into the hair, and then shaping it into the conical shape. Because it
>> >was impossible to lay down with a solid headdress, headrests were used
>> >as pillows to sleep on.
>> >Nowadays with people moving freely between the cities with its western
>> >lifestyle and their traditional lifestyles, a detachable isicolo is used
>> >that can be removed and kept for special occasions.
>> >Their skirts are made of pleated hide. In Zulu culture wide hips and
>> >ample proportions are prized. Much of the traditional clothing
>> >accentuate this and add bulk.
>> >
>> >Image 3
>> >the same group of ladies with a Swedish exchange student staying with us
>> >
>> >Image no 4
>> >I hope you can see the detail of the beaded accessories that these
>> >ladies added to their isicolo. This group accompanied the amabutho (male
>> >dancers) and are the wives of the leader of the group. Their job is to
>> >encourage the men in their dancing.
>> >Note the ways in which the bands around the hips add to the bulk of the
>> >ladies.
>> >
>> >If you have any questions, please let me know. I think the Zulu people
>> >have the most amazing culture and I love sharing it with as many people
>> >as I can.
>> >I am hoping to get a close up photo of the Shembe beadwork and will pass
>> >it on
>> >
>> >Regards
>> >
>> >Tracey
>> >