Library hosts indigenous games

2016-07-12 06:05
Library staff Nombuso Zondi, Nondumiso Mchunu, Bheki Msibi and Zodwa Dladla playing board games. Photo: nosipho mkhize

Library staff Nombuso Zondi, Nondumiso Mchunu, Bheki Msibi and Zodwa Dladla playing board games. Photo: nosipho mkhize

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THE district 9 libraries recently hosted an event where community members participated in indigenous games.
New Germany librarian Angela Howell said the event celebrated cultural heritage as it is a growing concern that so many of the world’s indigenous games are fading into oblivion.
Indigenous knowledge systems are facing the harsh reality of extinction.
The games seek to promote and preserve the rich heritage of all South African people. This event was also held to celebrate Africa Day.
“The games that were played were ‘umlabalaba’ which is a traditional board game played in South Africa, hopscotch which originated in ancient Britain during the early Roman Empire, thunee - a popular card game that originated in Durban, carom board game that is found throughout the East under different names though (most non-Eastern people know it by the East Asian name of caroms) and ‘ingqathu’ a skipping rope game that is played in South Africa.
About 60 youth and senior citizens participated in the games.
“The purpose was to make these groups share knowledge about indigenous games and to bring about social cohesion. 120 people of all ages attended as spectators.
“This event brought about unity as all the races within South Africa and some races from Zimbabwe were represented and participated.
“Participants were able to share knowledge and experiences through presentations and participation in Games,” said Howell.

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