!Khwa Ttu is the San Culture and Educational Centre. It concentrates on their oldest history and culture, but also, most importantly, on their place in modern society.
The San (hunter-gatherers) and the Khoikoi (herders) are the oldest indigenous people of South Africa. They were here thousands of years before the black nations moved down from the depths of Africa and before the monarchs of Europe sent ships around the Cape of Good Hope and the Dutch started the refreshment service at the Cape to provide for these ships.
My previous post awoke in many readers the sense of longing one feels when approaching !Khwa Ttu. I was happy when fellow blogger Kelley Carey McDonald used the word "evocative" in her comments. We are very aware of this feeling when we enter a walkway made of a lattice of saplings. It leads to a large cleared circle in echo of the antique San encampments. Here, in my painting (a large 24 x 18" oil painting) you can see the info and admin centre, shop and restaurant housed in a friendly building.
Am I going slow? In the next post you will meet the San at last! And after that, another interesting walkway! In coming posts we'll also see some ancient tools and hear of the miraculous talents of survival of these people. I am even one day going on a tractor ride to learn more! My children will "test" this ride to see whether mom's back can survive it! If all else fails, it will have to be a walking tour after the winter! To be continued......