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The Origin of the World

When: Monday, 03 July 2023 - Thursday, 31 August 2023
Where: Origins Centre
Braamfontein Campus East
Start time:11:51

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The Origin of the World: Creation and Transformation in San dress, narrative, and rock art’ by Vibeke Viestad

There was a time when animals were humans, and humans were animal. The time of the Early Race, the time of the First Big Bushman,  the time of the Gemsbok people…

One of the many misconceptions about the San is that they were practically naked when they lived as hunter-gatherers. However, ways of dressing the body in clothing, beadwork, bags fragrance, colour, and tattoos formed an important part of San cultural practice. This exhibition looks at the traces of this in the clothing itself, in San storytelling, and in the rock art produced in the past. Dress and personal ornamentation often play essential parts in the stories – as elements of creation ad transformation.  This is a story of the Origin of the world. Told through ways of dressing the body.

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