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Category: Ancestral Stories

Cannibals, Ancestors and the Future

Mbongiseni Buthelezi asks, how we make sense of past conflicts once we bring the ancestors into view.

Genealogy South Africa: Quo Vadis?

Jo-Anne Duggan reports back on a Genealogical Society of South Africa workshop to discuss the way forward for genealogy in South Africa.

African Identities: Shades of Belonging

Katie Mooney reviews five short films by the Institute for Reconciliation and Justice which explore issues of identity and belonging.

Reflecting in order to heal

Lucy Campbell reflects on the use of the past in Tariq Mellet’s blog site, “The Camissa People” and Charlene Maslomoney’s book I’m Not Done Yet: Allowing Possibilities.

Dreaming to create the future

Mbongiseni Buthelezi reflects on Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir.

National versus personal heritage: what to celebrate on 24 September?

Katie Mooney wonders how her heritage, which knits together Zambia, Scotland and South Africa, and other small heritages fit in with Heritage writ large.

Family histories and mysteries?

In the year that Alexandra celebrates its Centenary, Jo-Anne Duggan asks who the township is named after.

My Grandmother is an Archive

Dineo Skosana ruminates on how her grandmother carries a wealth of knowledge.

Conversations We Do Not Have

Musa Hlatshwayo reviews an exhibition with the same title in Durban.

Grandmothers in the Archive?

Mbongiseni Buthelezi probes how two hypothetical grandmothers enter different kinds of archives.

‘uZulu noQwabe’: a trending debacle in KZN Newspapers? Part Two

Part Two of Musa Hlatshwayo’s reflection on the debates about the past that have partly been sparked by his theatrical work ‘uZulu noQwabe’.

What do we do about the colonial archive?

Mbongiseni Buthelezi thinks about why colonial archives fall into neglect in postcolonial societies.

‘uZulu noQwabe’: a trending debacle in KZN Newspapers? Part One

Part One of Musa Hlatshwayo’s reflection on the debates about the past that have partly been sparked by his theatrical work ‘uZulu noQwabe’.

Place Names of Pre-colonial Origin and their Use Today

Bradley van Sitters looks at the transmission of KhoiSan names and their place today.

The USA: A Nation of Archived Immigrants

Mbongiseni Buthelezi tells of his visit to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and trying out a search at the American Family Immigration History Center on a trip to New York.