Mother and child at the recent storytelling festival on the San communal farm, Platfontein, in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. !Nisa dressed in her traditional outfit for the occasion. The old hunter-gatherer way of life no longer exists for this community, but the storytelling tradition is alive and being passed on from mother to child in this family.

 

Mother and Child

Mother and Child

 

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 !Nisa dancing skirt is made from beads she harvested from a tree, sewn onto a springbok’s hide. When she dances, it becomes a piece of kinetic art.