In our Footprints On Our Land (South African History studies), we have joined the 1820 British Settlers who settled along the Eastern Frontier, to the land where the Xhosa people lived.
This section of History covers aspects of the Frontier Wars between the Xhosa and the settlers and the British government.
Tensions were so great that a neutral territory was created between the Great Fish River and the Kei River to prevent the Xhosa crossing over to steal cattle and burn settler farms, and the retaliatory raids to recapture stolen cattle.
These issues come to life as I read wonderful living books, and our current story “Strangers in the Land“.
While I read, my young daughter cut and created these African homes from postcards that I had collected long ago in my teaching days.
She displayed all the different houses on the bookshelf, each house in its own ‘village’, separated by a book pulled out slightly.
We will focus on the Zulu in the next theme. This is what their traditional house looks like.Many of my readers may have seen the brightly colored, geometric designs the Ndebele use to decorate their homes on African-themed designs. Theirs is truly the most colorful homes!