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Drawing rock art – African art project

By |2018-04-21T12:09:34+00:00June 11th, 2017|Africa, Art, Crafts|

Khoisan painting at Springfontein, Zimbabwe Khoisan rock art was a way for artists in southern Africa to show their dreams and ideas about how the world worked, or should work. And it was a way to remember things that had happened. The artists drew these pictures for their ancestors, or for their gods. [...]

History of Angola – African History

By |2018-04-19T15:03:13+00:00May 24th, 2017|Africa, History|

Kingdom of Ndongo In 1500 AD, some of the people who lived in what is now Angola were Bantu and some were San. A Bantu man from Congo, Kiluanje, probably started the kingdom of Ndongo there. Ndongo was sometimes pretty much independent, but at other times the rulers of Kongo also ruled Ndongo. Ndongo's capital [...]

African Economy Learning Activity

By |2018-04-09T10:31:08+00:00May 22nd, 2017|Africa, Crafts, Economy|

African salt caravan To have a chance to think about what these economic trades would have meant to African people, imagine you are one of these people (if you're in a class, a group of kids can be each person). Think about what you might buy from the other people, and what you [...]

San Rock Art

By |2018-04-11T21:02:23+00:00May 19th, 2017|Africa, Art|

When did San people start painting rock art? Khoisan rock painting from South Africa San people have been living in southern Africa since there first were human beings anywhere, maybe about 100,000 years ago. There are more than 14,000 of these paintings in South Africa. Nobody knows when San artists first started making [...]

Xhosa – African Language

By |2017-05-23T16:28:11+00:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, History, Literature|

About 500 AD, some Bantu people moved into South Africa. They spoke their own West African language, Bantu, of course. But after they settled down in South Africa, they learned a lot of new words from the Khoisan people who lived there, who spoke a language called !Kung. Somebody speaking Xhosa So new languages came out [...]

Medieval African Environment

By |2018-04-09T22:58:30+00:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, Environment, History, Medieval|

African environment: the Sahara Desert A drought in the High Middle Ages Another very bad drought hit Africa in the Middle Ages, in 963 AD. Again, the drought led to the collapse of the government in Egypt, and brought the Fatimids into power. This period of drought lasted until 1200-1202 AD, and many [...]

The Khoikhoi and the San – South African History

By |2018-04-05T16:39:43+00:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, History|

Early Khoisan art from Blombos Cave, South Africa (ca. 80,000 BC) South Africans get isolated The people who became the Khoisan started to split off from other humans about 200,000 years ago (as DNA shows), and were completely separate from other people by 100,000 years ago. They arrived in South Africa, either walking [...]