Guest Teacher Event: Zulu Culture – Knowledge lineage root of Systemic Work


Date: 26 July 2022
Time: 9am till 11am (CAT)
Facilitator: Lindiwe Mthembu-Salter

Join Lindiwe Mthembu-Salter for a deep dive into how Africans talk about ‘tribes’ and clearing colonial stereotypes of primitive savagery.

This masterclass session will provide an opportunity to revisit and deepen one’s understanding of harmful or old-fashioned/outdated colonial terms that obscures wide historical differences.  Especially, those that are indiscriminately applied to African groups as ‘tribe’ to preferred words like ‘people’ or ‘nations’

  • We will explore and clarify colonial stereotypes that carries negative connotations around ‘primitive savagery’ myths in order to deepen our understanding of what Zulu linguist translate ‘tribe’ as isizwe meaning a nation or its people
  • In clearing these unpleasant stereotypes, we will pay attention to terms to reconsider when we talk or write about diversity of multi-ethnic nations without perpetuating prejudices hidden in inherited dynamics of ancestral lineages
  • To create harmony (ukulungisa) and cultivation of grounded inner presence, we will deepen our indigenous knowledge and the thinking around Umsamo, which is the guarded place where we engage with our ancestors for positive insights to help strengthen inner resources.  The manifestation of clearing umsamo is one of the ways to return to source, finding the essence of who you are.  We will embrace the significance of umsamo that is rooted in African authentic preservation of its culture and also honour the  universal concerns for the interconnectedness of people.
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