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NdebeleDoll

Page history last edited by Barbara Allen 12 years ago

 

Ndebele Doll

 

 

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  The Ndebele have existed as a distinct culture since they separated from the Zulu in the 1600's. In the 1800's, the Ndebele separated into a Northern and a Southern branch. The Northern Ndebele are frequently called Matabele. While the Ndebele were originally pastoralist, a series of wars forced them out of their grazing lands. Today they work at various jobs, but still retain their tribal culture and identity.

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  Ndebele beadwork has been documented for the last 150 years, however, the sophistication of the designs of 150 years ago leads some historians to believe the the beadwork tradition is much older. Today beadwork is a very important source of income of the Ndebele. While dolls are traditional Ndebele ritual objects, this doll was probably made as a sale item. 

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The Ndelele have existed as a separate group since the 1600's. In the 1800's they split into Northern and Southern groups.  The Northern Ndebele live in Botswana and Zimbabwe and are usually called Matabele.  The Southern Ndebele live primarily in KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. Both groups currently recognize a single king, and both groups carry on many of the same traditions.

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