Image included in the publication "African Elegance" by Alice Mertens & Joan Broster. Published by Purnell in 1973. || Focus on the Transkei Xhosa-speaking groups, the Gcaleka, Tembu, Pondo, Bomvana, Mpondomise, Bhaca, Xesibe and Fingo.
Photographer: Brent Stirton. The Xhosa people of South Africa are probably best known for their most famous son, Nelson Mandela, but many Xhosa live far from the modern world, deep in the Transkei region on the country’s Eastern Cape. This picture captures the most important adventure in these boys’ lives – their initiation into manhood, which involves five weeks of isolation
Africa | Image taken from the publication "Red Blanket Valley" by Joan Broster. Published 1967 || Red Blanket Valley is an eye-witness account of life on an isolated trading station in the Transkei, where for 14 years Joan Broster lived with her husband. Mention is made of the Amaqwathi, Baca, Basuto, Bomvana, Fingo, Gcaleka, Hlangwini, Hlubi, Pondo, Pondomise, Tembu and the Xesibe. It also offers a great introduction to the Xhosa and their beadwork.
Image by Constance Stuart Larrabee. | Born in England, and raised in South Africa, Larrabee documented South Africa's tribes throughout the 1930s and 40s, including the Zulu, Ndebele, Lovedu, Swazi, Sotho, Transkei, and Bushmen. Such images, given the (colonial) context, begs questions of otherness, of gaze, of positioning, of distance and relationship between subject and photographer. Feel free to share thoughts + questions #SUNUresearch #SUNUjournal #SUNUconversations