First published in 1964, Indaba, My Children was internationally
acclaimed for its wonderful collection of tales and legends
charting the story of African tribal life. Recognizing that the
tales he had learned from the elders gave direction to his life, as
well as motivating him to further his knowledge of his people's
history, Credo Mutwa was also embarking on a far more ambitious
project when he compiled this volume. By revealing so much of his
country's traditions to a white audience he was breaking tribal
law, but he believed passionately that a deeper understanding of
African culture would prevent much of the racial disharmony of our
times. By drawing on the ancient art of storytelling to preserve
and promote the past, Mutwa sends the reader on a superbly
uplifting journey through the tales and legends of Africa. This is
a truly enriching and fascinating read. (Kirkus UK)
First published in 1964, Indaba, My Children is an internationally
acclaimed collection of African folk tales that chart the story of
African tribal life since the time of the Phoenicians. It is these
stories that have shaped Africa as we know it.
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Thu, 8 Aug 2019 | Review by: bernhard s
I remember this excellent book from when I first read it in the 1960s. Zulu witchdoctors were tasked with maintaining and teaching their traditions, and the author was the direct descendant of the last supeme witchdoctor of the Zulus under Mpande
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