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The Heritage Collection

We are focused on preserving

African cultures, traditions and heritage.

 

We continue to learn more about the origins of South African traditions,

our different languages, the way we express ourselves (music, dance, arts, crafts)

and our traditional attire...

We then used this knowledge to create a collection of beautiful wallpapers that is a marvelous display of our cultures, which can proudly live and breathe in your home/office.

This collection not only embodies our heritage, but also expresses our deep affinity for

who we are and where we come from.

 

#TheHeritageCollection

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▪︎ The language spoken by the Ndebele people is isiNdebele (Nguni).

▪︎ There are 3 main groups of the Ndebele people:

• Southern Transvaal Ndebele (Gauteng + Mpumalanga)
• Northern Transvaal Ndebele (Limpopo)
• The Ndebele people of Zimbabwe


They were also called the "Matabele" by the British.

▪︎ The 2 South African Ndebele groups are separated geographically and differ in their language + cultural practices.

▪︎ The painting, beadwork and ornaments often spoken of as Ndebele are made mostly by the Ndzundza Ndebele of Mpumalanga + Gauteng.

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▪︎ The language spoken by the Tswana people is Setswana (Sotho-Tswana).

▪︎ Tswana people in South Africa fall under the 3 main Sotho-Tswana groups:

• the South Sotho (Basotho)

• the North Sotho (Pedi, Lobedu, Pulana)

• the West Sotho (Tswana)

 

▪︎ The Tswana people historically lived on the Highveld, with the Basotho. In the 16th century, the Tswana settled in what was known as the Western Transvaal.

 

▪︎ They were divided into 2 main groups:

• the "Tlhaping and Rolong" under Chief Morolong (the metal worker) • the "Bafokeng" (people of the dew).

 

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▪︎ The language spoken by the Xhosa people is isiXhosa (Nguni).

 

▪︎ The Nguni can be divided into 4 distinct groups:

• the Northern and Central Nguni (Zulu-speaking people)

the Southern Nguni (Xhosa-speaking people)

• the Swazi people from Swaziland and adjacent areas

• the Ndebele people of Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

 

▪︎ Tshawe founded the Xhosa kingdom by defeating the Cirha and Jwarha groups. His descendants expanded the kingdom by settling in new territory and bringing people living there under the control of the amaTshawe. Generally, the group would take on the name of the chief under whom they had united.

 

▪︎ There are therefore distinct varieties of the Xhosa language, the most distinct being isiMpondo (isiNdrondroza). Other dialects include: Thembu, Bomvana, Mpondimise, Rharhabe, Gcaleka, Xesibe, Bhaca, Cele, Hlubi, Ntlangwini, Ngqika, Mfengu (also names of different groups or clans).

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▪︎ The language spoken by the Pedi people is Sepedi (Sotho-Tswana).

▪︎ Pedi people in South Africa fall under the 3 main Sotho-Tswana groups:

• the South Sotho (Basotho)

• the North Sotho (Pedi, Lobedu, Pulana)

• the West Sotho (Tswana)

▪︎ Confusion surrounds the term "Sepedi" - this is the language spoken by Pedi people and is not Northern Sotho.

 

▪︎ Confusion between "Northern Sotho" and "Pedi" probably arises from the fact that the missionaries who developed the orthography for Northern Sotho mainly had contact with the Pedi people.

However, Northern Sotho (Sesotho sa Leboa), is not the same as Sepedi.
 

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▪︎ The language spoken by the Zulu people is isiZulu (Nguni).

▪︎ The Nguni can be divided into 4 distinct groups:

the Northern and Central Nguni (Zulu-speaking people)

• the Southern Nguni (Xhosa-speaking people)

• the Swazi people from Swaziland and adjacent areas

• the Ndebele people of Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

 

▪︎ Tshawe founded the Xhosa kingdom by defeating the Cirha and Jwarha groups. His descendants expanded the kingdom by settling in new territory and bringing people living there under the control of the amaTshawe. Generally, the group would take on the name of the chief under whom they had united.

 

▪︎ There are therefore distinct varieties of the Xhosa language, the most distinct being isiMpondo (isiNdrondroza). Other dialects include: Thembu, Bomvana, Mpondimise, Rharhabe, Gcaleka, Xesibe, Bhaca, Cele, Hlubi, Ntlangwini, Ngqika, Mfengu (also names of different groups or clans).

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▪︎ The language spoken by the Venda people is Tshivenda (Venda).

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The Venda can be divided into 2 groups:

a western group (primarily of Singo origin and descended from the followers of leaders such as Mphephu, Senthumule and Kutama)

• an eastern group (who regarded themselves as descendants of Lwamonde, Rambuda, Tshivashe and Mphapuli)

▪︎ The Venda culture is closely associated with the spirit world and they express their beliefs and customs through art decorations on their structures, pottery and woodcarving. Venda traditions among the people of the Limpopo province differ from other ethnic groups.

 

▪︎ The origin of the Venda people and culture is believed to have been the Mapungubwe Kingdom founded in the 9th century. They were first ruled by King Shiriyadenga whose empire stretched from Soutpansberg in southern Africa, all the way across the Limpopo River and the Matopos towards the north.

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▪︎ The language spoken by the Swati people is Siswati (Nguni).

▪︎ The Nguni can be divided into 4 distinct groups:

• the Northern and Central Nguni (Zulu-speaking people)

• the Southern Nguni (Xhosa-speaking people)

the Swazi people from Swaziland and adjacent areas

• the Ndebele people of Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

 

▪︎ Swati people inhabit the tree-studded grasslands of Swaziland, the neighbouring Mpumalanga province of South Africa, and Mozambique. The Swati Language bears some similarities to Ndebele, Xhosa and Zulu and they are often confused by those with an untrained ear.

 

▪︎ The Swati can be divided into its dialects; which are Hhoho, Nandzini and Shiselweni. These are the divisions that correspond with the appropriate districts of the country. There are 2 main strains of the Siswati language. These varieties are spoken mainly in the South and North West of South Africa.

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▪︎ The language spoken by the Sotho people is Sesotho (Sotho-Tswana).
 

▪︎ Sotho people in South Africa fall under the 3 main Sotho-Tswana groups:

• the South Sotho (Basotho)

• the North Sotho (Pedi, Lobedu, Pulana)

• the West Sotho (Tswana)

▪︎ By 1500, the Sotho groups had expanded to the south & west and separated into the 3 distinct clusters. It is important to note, however, that all 3 clusters share very similar dialects, beliefs and social structures and the main distinctions between the three groups were only established as a result of the early 19th century difiqane period.

▪︎ The South Sotho people of Lesotho (baSuto) are identified with the brightly colored blankets that they often wear instead of coats. These blankets have designs picturing everything from airplanes and crowns to geometric patterns.

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▪︎ The language spoken by the Tsonga people is Xitsonga (Tsonga).

▪︎ The Tsonga people are a diverse group of tribes that include the Shangaan, Thonga, Tonga, Vandzawu, VaTshwa, Vakalanga and Valoyi to name a few. Tribal differences often lead to rejection of the title "Shangaan" or "Tsonga", depending on who you’re speaking to. It’s important to understand that Tsonga people share one origin, but each tribe has assumed different identities.

▪︎ The origins of Tsonga people date back to the days of King Shaka Zulu, when they were known for bartering fabric and beads for copper, ivory and salt. King Shaka sent Soshangane (Manukosi) to conquer present-day Southern Mozambique in the 19th century during the Mfecane upheaval.

 

▪︎ The Shangaan people are also custodians of a unique genre of music known as Shangaan Electro, which originates from Tsonga Disco and Kwaito House. The music is characterised by an extremely fast-paced beat, fluid guitar lines and drumming influenced by Thomas Chauke and Paul Simon.

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▪︎ The word "KhoiSan" is a blend of "Khoikhoi" and "San" — 2 DIFFERENT groups of people who shared similar cultures and languages, but were by no means a homogeneous people.

▪︎ They generally existed in isolation of each other, and used different means in order to survive off the land (i.e. the Khoikhoi were herders, while the San were hunter-gatherers).

▪︎ KhoiSan languages, characterised by implosive consonants or ‘clicks’, belonged to a totally different language family from those of the Bantu speakers. In contrast to the San who spoke highly divergent languages, the Khoikhoi spoke closely related dialects of the same language.

▪︎ KhoiSan languages are categorized into 2 families:

• The Kxʼa family

• The Khoi (Khoe) family

 

▪︎ "NÁ má", previously called "Hottentot" (a derogatory term), is the most widespread of the Khoikhoi and San languages. It belongs to the Khoe language family, and is spoken in Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa by the Namaqua, Damara, and Hai’om, as well as smaller ethnic groups such as the Khomani.

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