Games played to celebrate heritage

2016-09-28 06:00
THE learners of Rutanang and Sentraal playing the tug-of-war indigenous game at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

THE learners of Rutanang and Sentraal playing the tug-of-war indigenous game at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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THE Oliewenhuis Art Museum hosted two Bloemfontein primary schools to expose the learners to another way of life by participating in indigenous games which are at the core of our heritage. Coming from different environments, the learners were introduced to various games during the Heritage Day event that were organised by the Museum last Thursday (22/09).

More than 120 learners from the two schools, Rutanang and Sentraal, participated enthusiastically in various games that promote social cohesion.

Tshegofatso Seoka, organiser, said the games, as part of a rich heritage, were significant in educating the learners about diversity of heritage. She said they helped to introduce the learners to other nations’ indigenous games, such as the Afrikaners’ Wolf Wolf, Aartapelresies and Vroteier. On the other hand the Afrikaners learned about Sotho games such as Dithini, Legusha, Morabaraba and Kgati as well as tug-of-war.

Seoka said due to increasing interest in modern technology, children no longer play together, robbing them of fundamental knowledge of heritage. “Increasingly children rely on passive mobile phone games, play stations and tablets for entertainment. The objective of hosting indigenous games was to introduce and educate them about the different forms of play and restore the diverse cultures in South Africa,” she said.

Koden Venter (10), grade 4 at Sentraal, said the games had opened his eyes to other cultures. “We are actually very similar in many ways, I enjoyed playing Dithini. I had fun without playing games on my phone or watching television,” Venter added. Dithini is a game played with stack tins of different sizes to make a tower while the players from the other team are trying to hit you with a ball. And if it hits you, you’re out.

Dimpho Thule (12), a grade 7 learner at Rutanang in Rocklands, Bloemfontein, said she liked and enjoyed playing Vroteier. “The games were fun and I learned a lot today,” she said.

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