Find your true life work in Africa.

Find your true life work in Africa. Africa is home to more unknown history than known. A map of Africa does not begin to show the vastness of people, culture, food, living and ancient history of the African continent. Established 2008 Chic African Culture is a learning tool to meet the demand for better education about the entire continent of Africa.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

African clay pottery 9400BC to Present day brief history

African clay pottery 9400BC to Present day brief history

Pottery making in Africa began around 9400 BC and continues to this day.



Tools used to make pottery are anything easily available such as a rock with a somewhat flat bottom, or a stick.
Forming a large clay pot by hand


Pottery, one of the oldest and most widespread of functional arts in Africa.



Creating African clay pots in Africa is unique. Pottery making has a long history in Africa and is one of the oldest functional arts using what is available in natural surroundings. Pottery is clay that is modeled, dried, and fired having practical uses in cooking, storing food, eating, drinking, and as ceremonial vessels. In most cases, pottery is made by women. Clay pots are often thick created from clay, sand, and water and used daily in African life. African pottery artists have always used raw materials easily found in the environment.

Clay is made by mixing dry clay with water in clay mixer. Clay straight from the ground in Africa is not like the clay you buy from a ceramic clay store or hobby supplier. It contains unwanted materials such as rocks and twigs and needs to be processed to remove before working into pottery. A screening removes stones, roots, and other larger particles. Before firing, the pot gets decorated by impressing or carving of the pot, some times the design is religious or sometimes just decorative. After decoration, the pots are left in the sun to dry, if in a place where it rain often, the pots are placed in a dry hut or room or near a fire to dry completely over time. Firing temperatures can vary from as low as 1382°F and to as high as 2372 °F for stoneware.

The firing of the pots begins when a thick layer of burning material is laid on the ground on which the dried pots are laid out, after the first layer of pots a second layer of burning material is laid on top of the pots. If there are many pots the pots are layer out layer upon layer with burning material between them. If the pottery is glazed, most time the salt glazing technique is used. This process involves throwing wet salt into the heated fire or kiln while the bisque ware is being fired. Wet salt at high temperatures decomposed to sodium and chlorine. The sodium reacts with the bisque ware to form a glaze.

After drying, the pots are put around a pile of wood, bark or dried animal dung and baked outdoors in a large open fire for many hours.
Pots ready for firing


Clay is found in abundance everywhere on the African continent. Gathering the right type of clay is the first step, African women who have been making pots for generations are able to recognize good clay and other materials for making durable pottery. The Ovambo, Kavango, and Caprivi tribes in Namibia, use the hardened clay from termite hills, as it contains the glue saliva from the termites. This termite clay makes pots quite strong and helps with the binding of the clay in forming the pot.

Pottery has a utilitarian use in cooking, storing food items, eating, drinking, and as ritual vessels. Tools used to make pottery are anything easily available such as a rock with a somewhat flat bottom, or a stick. Clay is worked by hand and shaped and fashioned into the desired shape free hand by pinching, coiling, and slabs work. Coiling is the technique of rolling out coils of clay and joining to the pot using slip. Coiling has been used to shape clay into vessels for many thousands of years in Africa. After drying, the pots are put around a pile of wood, bark or dried animal dung and baked outdoors in a large open fire for many hours.

In 2007, the Swiss-led team of archaeologists discovered pieces of the oldest African pottery in central Mali, dating back to at least 9,400BC. The discovery was made by Geneva University's Eric Huysecom and his international research team, at Ounjougou near the Unesco-listed Bandiagara cliffs. The age of the sediment in which they were found suggests that the six ceramic fragments - discovered between 2002 and 2005 - are at least 11,400 years old.

Most ancient ceramics from the Middle East and the central and eastern Sahara regions are 10,000 and between 9-10,000 years old. Since the launch of the project in 1997, the team has made numerous discoveries about ancient stone-cutting techniques and tools, and other important findings that shed light on human development in the region. But the unearthing of the ancient fragments of burnt clay is one of the most significant to date.

Huysecom is convinced that pottery was invented in West Africa to enable man to adapt to climate change. "Apart from finding the oldest ceramic in Africa, the interesting thing is that it gives us information about when and under what circumstances man can invent new things, such as pottery," he explained. "And the invention of ceramic is linked to specific environmental conditions – the transformation of the region from a desert into grassland."

The invention of ceramic also coincided with that of small arrowheads - also discovered by the team – and which were probably used to hunt hares, pheasants and other small game on the grassy plains. To date, East Asia – the triangle between Siberia, China, and Japan – is the only other area where similar pottery and arrowheads have been found which are as old as those in West Africa, explained Huysecom.


Clay is worked by hand and shaped and fashioned into the desired shape free hand by pinching, coiling, and slabs work.
Adding coils to the pot


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Reference: Huysecom, E., Rasse, M., Lespez, L., Neumann, K., Fahmy, A., Ballouche, A., . . . Soriano, S. (2009). The emergence of pottery in Africa during the tenth millennium cal BC: New evidence from Ounjougou (Mali). Antiquity, 83(322), 905-917. doi:10.1017/S0003598X00099245

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Creamy Cheesy Plantain Gratin Recipe

Plantains, creamy sauce, and spices in this classic gratin recipe dish combine to make a delightful new food experience.



Plantains are an important staple food in Africa especially in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Uganda. What are plantains? Plantains are fruits that resemble bananas but are longer, have a thicker skin, and contain more starch.

Creamy Cheesy Plantain Gratin Recipe


Creamy Cheesy Plantain Gratin Recipe
Creamy Cheesy Plantain Gratin Recipe
Ingredients:
3 peeled and chopped green plantains
1 cup any grated medium-hard cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup all purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup plain breadcrumbs

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Add plantains to a large pot of boiling water, boil 5 minutes. Drain plantains set aside. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over a medium heat, add the flour and whisk thoroughly. Gradually add the milk, whisking until it thickens, then stir in seasonings and cheese. Put a layer of plantains in an 8x8 baking dish, sprinkle some cheese over them, then add a layer of sauce. Repeat the layers. Sprinkle the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs over the top. Bake 15 minutes until golden brown. 

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Banksy African Street and Graffiti Art

Unknown stencil street and graffiti artist Banksy visual voice uses spray paint and stencils to paint the image of society’s troubles and humor on walls across Africa and the world.


Who is Banksy?


Graffiti artwork by Banksy, a zebra's black stripes are hung out to dry in the sun
Banksy's zebra's black stripes
Banksy is a graffiti and street artist master, political activist and an Oscar and Academy Award nominated film director whose real identity is unknown. He is famous for stenciled graffiti on buildings and walls across Africa and around the world. Banksy was selected as Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in 2010.

The first modern graffiti artist is widely considered to be Cornbread, a high school student from Philadelphia Pennsylvania in the United States, who in 1967 started tagging to get the attention of a girl he loved.

Back in the 1970s, graffiti was an illegal counterculture associated with the grimy streets and subway cars of New York City. However, these days the universal spray can art of graffiti is found around the world, and Africa is no exception. Graffiti art ranges from underground artists who work on the street to the mainstream artists selling work in galleries for over $100,000.

Graffiti and street art can be a positive force giving political activists a visual voice and making cultural statements throughout underserved communities.
Graffiti Africa
Graffiti and street art can be a positive force giving political activists a visual voice and making cultural statements throughout underserved communities. In one well-known graffiti artwork by Banksy, a zebra's black stripes are hung out to dry in the sun in a region of Africa's Mali or possibly Egypt where shortages of water have created drought conditions for millions.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Simple Fried African Fish Cakes Recipe

From Africa to the United States, fish is an abundant resource that contributes significantly to daily food, income and employment of millions of people. Simple fried African fish cakes is a universal recipe loved throughout the world.


In one of my earliest memories, my father, brothers, and I would dig for worms, make fishing poles out of cane sticks, attached a fishing line, hooks to catch brim, and other freshwater fish. We would spend hours fishing, so we could have fried fish for supper. Mom would clean the fish and filet on the shore of the lake. She would roll the fish in equal amounts of flour and cornmeal mixed with salt and pepper, and pan fry in vegetable oil until golden brown. There is nothing better than fresh caught fish for supper.

Another recipe I fondly remember is fried fish cakes.


Simple Fried African Fish Cakes Recipe

  
Simple fried African fish cakes is a universal recipe loved throughout the world.Ingredients:
2 smoked fish filets
1/2 cup of dried bread crumbs  
1 large egg, slightly beaten 
2 tablespoons of chopped onions 
2 tablespoons of whole milk 
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes  
¼ cup vegetable oil  

Directions:
Heat oil in a medium frying pan. In medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Shape the mixture into equal size patties.  Fry patties on both sides until golden brown.


Did you know?

Thawing frozen fish in milk will draw out the frozen taste and provide a fresh-caught flavor.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Soul Education African Proverbs

Soul Education African Proverbs

Soul Education African Proverbs


Understanding that an educated soul expands the window into the great soul. Learning expands great souls.

Twi speaking people of Ghana Akan tribe education of the soul African proverbs teach us to open our hearts, minds, eyes, and ears of the soul to lessons and challenges of the world.


Ghana Sankofa Symbol





Soul Education African Proverbs




To give is to store.

People who remove honey from a beehive are always two.

To ask is the desire to know the way.

A relationship is in the soles of the feet.

Everything has its own time.

All wisdom is not taught in school.

The clever person is not overcome by difficulties.

To be called is to be sent.

Travelling is learning.


Ghana soul name or day name


In Ghana, children are given a name based on the day in the week they were born. These day names have further meanings concerning the soul or character of the person.

Men Ghana soul name or day name 
Sunday born males names are Akwasi, Kwasi, Kwesi, Akwesi, Sisi, Kacely, or Kosi
Monday born males names are Kojo, Kwadwo, Jojo, Joojo, or Kujoe
Tuesday born males names are Kwabena, Kobe, Kobi, Ebo, Kabelah, Komla, Kwabela, Kobby, or Kobena
Wednesday born males names are Kwaku, Abeiku, Kuuku, or Kweku
Thursday born males names are Yaw, Ekow, or Yao
Friday born males names are Kofi, Fifi, Fiifi, or Yoofi
Saturday born males names are Kwame, Kwamena, or Kwamina.

Women Ghana soul name or day name
Sunday born female names are Akosua, Akasi, Akos, Esi, or Awesi.
Monday born female names are Adwoa, Adjoa, Adzoa, or Adwoma.
Tuesday born female names are Abena, Araba, or Abenayo.
Wednesday born female names are Akua, Aku, Kukua,or Akuma.
Thursday born female names are Aba, Yaa, Yawa, Baaba, or Awo.
Friday born female names are Afua, Afia, Afi, or Efua.
Saturday born female name is Ama.

What is your Ghanaian soul name or day name

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Five Edible Flowers

Adding edible flowers to recipes is a very common practice. Eating flower blooms has a very long history in Africa. Squash and zucchini flowers are a common sight in African kitchens. 



Squash and zucchini flowers are a common sight in African kitchens.
Squash and zucchini flowers are a common
sight in African kitchens.
Every year around springtime during the months of September, October and November, the desert South Africa Namaqualand region comes alive with a sea of colorful indigenous wild flowers. 


With the blessings from Mother Nature, Namaqualand displays around 1,000 - 4,000 different species of plants and flowers each season. Many flowers are inedible however; five flowers are commonly used in cooking African food.


Edible flowers are flowers that can be consumed safely, below are five edible flowers to add to your home recipes. Always try to pick the blooms as close to when you are going to use them as possible.


Five Edible Recipe Flowers 


Five Edible Recipe Flowers

Arugula Flowers

Young arugula flowers have a milder, subtler flavor than the arugula leaves, and can be used in many of the same dishes, such as salads and many egg dishes.


Starflowers

Blue borage, also known as a starflowers are the perfect flower to add to salads, as they have a taste similar to that of cucumber. The blue flowers are very beautiful and look impressive in a fruit salad.


Squash, Pumpkin and Zucchini Flowers

Squash, pumpkin and zucchini flowers are a common sight in African kitchens. Squash and zucchini plants are a valuable crop as they produce a large number of flowers on each plant, meaning you can harvest some flowers and still leave plenty behind to turn into vegetables.


Broccoli Flowers

Broccoli flowers add a milder broccoli taste to dishes, pairing well with salad greens where their bright yellow color stands out.


Chive Flowers

Chives are a member of the onion family with beautiful purple flowers. They are a great addition to mashed potatoes, adding striking purple flecks of color.


New recipe

Pumpkin Leaves Stew


Chibwabwa pumpkin leaves stew recipe is warm, comforting recipe full of healthy pumpkin leaves. Pumpkin plants have large, dark green, lobed leaves containing plenty of fiber, iron, protein, calcium, vitamin A, C and per one cup of leaves, there are only 7 calories.


Ingredients
3 handfuls young pumpkin leaves
1 medium onion chopped
2 medium tomatoes diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 minced garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon black and red pepper
1 diced hot pepper
2 cups water
Salt to taste


Directions


Add all ingredients simmer 30 minutes. Serve with rice or bread.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Hemorrhoids Organic African Home Treatment

Organic African herbal treatment for hemorrhoids has two ingredients; aloe and water.



The aloe plant is native to southern Africa. The hemorrhoid herbal aloe home treatment makes stools softer and easier to pass.
Aloe Gel
Africa is very complex as it is made up of many people who practice traditional herbal medicine and western medicine. Many times traditional and western medicine is practiced side by side with the patient.


Aloe is known to have countless therapeutic remedies. The aloe plant is native to southern Africa, particularly the northern, eastern, and Western Capes. 


Traditionally in these parts of Africa, gel from the aloe plant has been used as a treatment for the soreness and tenderness of hemorrhoids. Aloe leaf gel, which is taken from a cut leaf, is used internally, primarily as a stimulant laxative.


Internal and external hemorrhoids are caused by repeated pressure from straining during bowel movements causing veins to enlarge. A high-fiber diet can be effective, along with over-the-counter medications, such as stool softeners. 


However, it's common knowledge and practice for centuries by herbalists in Southern Africa to create an aloe drink which makes stool softer and easier to pass.

Organic African herbal treatment for hemorrhoids has two ingredients; aloe and water.
Homemade Organic Aloe Water

Homemade Organic Aloe Water


Ingredients:
3 thick aloe leaves
2 cups water

Directions:

Cut aloe leaves lengthwise and scrape gel off aloe leaves into a cup with a tight fitting lid. Add water and shake well. Drink mixture 2-4 times daily. 


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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Coconut Shea Butter Homemade Shaving Cream

How to make natural homemade Coconut Shea butter shaving cream

How to make natural homemade Coconut Shea butter shaving cream.



Coconut Shea butter natural homemade shaving cream will leave your skin smooth and silky without using artificial ingredients. The ingredients in this recipe, Coconut Shea butter shaving cream is vegetable based and beneficial to your skin.


What is shea butter?


African shea butter is cream-colored oil extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. There are four types of shea butter, raw, unrefined, refined and ultra-refined. Shea butter has long been recognized for its emollient and healing properties, ideal for soothing skin in the dry climate of parts of Africa. Reports of its use go back as far as the 14th century. 

How to make natural homemade Coconut Shea butter shaving cream.

Coconut Shea Butter Natural Homemade Shaving Cream


Ingredients

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup unfiltered shea butter
2 tablespoons almond oil or palm oil
2 tablespoons liquid olive oil soap
1 tablespoons bentonite clay
5-10 drops coconut essential oil


Directions

In a medium pot heat oils over medium heat. Add in olive oil soap, and clay, mix well. In a medium bowl beat mixture until light and fluffy. Pour it into a container with a tight-fitting lid such as a mason jar. Store in a cool dark area when not in use, it can keep up to a month.

Shea butter has long been recognized for its emollient and healing properties, ideal for soothing skin in the dry climate of parts of Africa.

Did you know?

Bentonite clay is mud formed after volcanic ash has settled and aged in water. 



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African people are praised for being one with nature and living off the land. Africa is made up of numerous tribes and people of many religious, social and ethnic groups within the geographical boundaries of each African country. Learn more about the 54 countries that make-up united Africa.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Giant African Termite Mounds

Mound building termites of East, Central, and Southern Africa can serve as an oasis in the African desert to plants by replenishing the soil.



Mound building termites of East, Central and Southern Africa can serve as an oasis in the African desert to plants by replenishing the soil.
Giant African Termite Mounds

About Giant African Termite Mounds



Termites all belong to the phylum Arthropoda, the class Insecta, and the order Isoptera. There are over 2,000 different species of termites. Studies show that queen termites can live up to decades under ideal climate conditions. Mound-building termites are a group of termite species that live in mounds and look like whitish brown grains of rice with big heads and hedge-trimmers for mouthparts. 


According to the New York Times “Researchers at Princeton University and their colleagues recently reported in the journal Science that termite mounds may serve as oases in the desert, allowing the plants that surround them to persist on a fraction of the annual rainfall otherwise required and to bounce back after a withering drought.” By poking holes or macropores, as they dig through the ground, termites allow rain to soak deep into the soil rather than running off or evaporating.


“They’re the ultimate soil engineers,” said David Bignell, a termite expert and emeritus professor of zoology at Queen Mary University of London.

Termites are extraordinary engineers, capable of building mounds standing as tall as 40 feet high and 60 feet wide and continue to build on the same mounds for centuries. Termite mounds can take four to five years to build from the termites’ saliva, dung and surrounding soil.


Inside the termite mound is an extensive system of tunnels and channels that serve as a ventilation system keeping the internal temperature relatively constant. Like most social insects such as ants and bees, termites live in societies where the collective power of the group surpasses that of the individual termite.


Mound-building termites live in Africa, India, Australia, and South America. Only a few of them 3,000 or so known termite species are pests to people moreover, the mound-building termites of East, Central, and Southern Africa can serve as oases in the desert to plants by replenishing the soil.


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Life Can Be Unfair African Proverbs

Life Can Be Unfair African Proverbs


Bad things happen to good people African Proverbs teach how to cope.

Life can be unfair African proverbs teach us we can accept things and get on with the business of living happily even though life is unfair.


Sometimes life is just unfair African Proverbs


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Life Can Be Unfair African Proverbs


A story is narrated by whoever tells it first.
A rose sometimes falls to the lot of a monkey.
If the wind blows, it enters at every crevice.

A monkey is only sick when the trees slide.
God does not pay weekly but pays at the end.
As you began the dance, you may pay the piper.

Hands tell the story of Africa

Where the bee sucks honey, the spider sucks poison.
Water from far does not quench thirsty.
A child can be punished because of his father’s faults.

The one you eat with is the one who digs your grave.
The past can never be changed.
A monkey does not see its ass.

A greedy man has his eyes on his wife’s pot.
Empty fingers are not licked.
A snake lives in a hole that it can’t dig.

A bird doesn’t farm but still gets food.
An old rabbit is breastfed by his children.
A bad tree destroys the field.

The one you eat with is the one who digs your grave.


Links to more African Proverbs

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Proverbs are the official language of the African Nation

Monday Morning African Proverb Quotes

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Survive a Disaster with Survival Dry Biltong Meat

Survive a Disaster with Survival Dry Biltong Meat

One item a prepper’s food pantry must have to survive a catastrophe is South African biltong.

Preppers best-tasting survival food recipe, survive a disaster with survival dry biltong meat.


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Biltong is traditional dried meat from Southern Africa however, biltong is not beef jerky. Biltong is substantially softer and thicker than jerky because it is air-dried whole for around 20 days and then cut into the desired amount.



The basic traditional drying method of meat is called sun drying, done by direct solar radiation and natural air circulation. 

Ingredients and Directions

In a clean area free from critters, dirt, sand, and litter, meat pieces are cut into thin .5 or 1 cm thick strips, dipped in a 14% table salt solution, and suspended in the open air or spread on drying trays made of wire mesh. The salt helps to limit microbial growth on the meat surfaces. You can add your own mix of dried spices such as garlic or chili powder mixed with the salt solution. The sun drying method can be done on relatively small pieces of meat in the course of one day, 8-10 hours drying time. Store meat in a sterilized sealed mason jar away from moisture in a dry place. Treat dehydrated meat as you would any canned meat after opening.

One item a prepper’s food pantry must have to survive a catastrophe is South African biltong. The basic traditional drying method of meat is called sun drying, done by direct solar radiation and natural air circulation.Did you know?
Preppers or survivalists are people who are actively preparing for emergencies, and who has prepared to survive in the anarchy of an anticipated breakdown of society.


Enjoy the best tasting survival food recipe, survive a disaster with survival dry biltong meat and try these other African food recipes.


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Monday, January 18, 2016

Lake Retba Senegal Pink Lake

Lake Retba Senegal Pink Lake

Lake Retba natural pink lake in Senegal East Africa is at its height of rosy pinkness during the dry season between November and June.

Lake Retba natural pink lake in Senegal East Africa


Lake Retba Senegal Pink Lake


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Not many living organisms are able to survive in Senegal's pink Lake Retba because of its high salt content.


In Africa, there is a natural lake the color of strawberries, Lake Retba or Le Lac Rose lies in Senegal one hour from its capital city Dakar. The lake is named for its pink waters caused by an edible, salt-loving micro-algae dunaliella salina.

Lake Retba or Lac Rose as it is known by locals is separated only by some narrow dunes from the Atlantic Ocean and, as expected its salt content is very high. Its salinity content compares to that of the Dead Sea and during the dry season it exceeds it.

The lake is only 3 square kilometers big (about 1,1 square miles) and there is no major town developed along its shores. The natural strawberry pink lake of East Africa’s Senegal is a world famous tourist attraction. However Lake Retba pink waters is a source of income for African families who mine her salt. Salt miners who work on extracting salt from the lake use shea butter obtained from the shea nut tree to protect their skin from cracking and drying. The Dunaliella salina bacteria which gives the lake its distinct color is completely harmless to humans and swimming in the lake is possible. 

It is estimated 1,000 people work around Le Lac Rose collecting 24,000 tons of the salt each year. Over half of the salt from Lake Retba is exported throughout Africa. With a maximum depth of less than ¼ mile, it contains a significant amount of salt that is labored by salt miners and exported throughout the world for cooking, leather goods and deicing roads.

Lake Retba Senegal East Africa



Did you know?
Lake Retba or Le Lac Rose lake was the finish line of the well-known Dakar Rally before it moved to South America in 2008 due to security threats.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Cassava Leaf Stew Recipe

Cassava also known as arrowroot, yucca, manioc, and tapioca is a nutrient-rich root vegetable. 


Cassava is the third most important source of calories in tropical Africa, after rice and maize. The cassava plant is a staple crop in Africa, different parts of the plant such as the root; leaves are used in herbal remedies. Families depend on cassava as a vital link for both food and income.

Cassava Leaf Stew Served with Rice

Cassava Leaf Stew Served with Rice


Ingredients

2 cassava roots peeled and chopped
2 handfuls cassava leaves
2 medium onions chopped
2 medium tomatoes diced
5 cups water or vegetable broth
Salt and pepper to taste


Directions

Add all ingredients into a large pot and simmer 30 minutes. Serve with rice.



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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Zulu People African Basket Weaving Art

Zulu People African Basket Weaving Art

African Basket Weaving
Zulu people Ilala Palm basket weaving is an ancient, exacting, time-consuming process. Traditional Zulu Ilala Palm basket weaving technique styles are Imbenge, Isichumo, Isiquabetho and Ukhamba.

African Basket Weaving Art

Zulu People African Basket Weaving Art


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All About Original Zulu People African Basket Weaving Art

Ukhamba African Zulu baskets are decorative and colorful bulb shaped container, made watertight by the tautness of the weave.
Ukhamba African Zulu basket 

As with most aspects of African culture, the specifics of basket weaving and the woven baskets themselves embody spiritual as well as aesthetic and practical qualities. 


Although basketry materials, techniques, and uses have varied among tribal cultures and have changed over time, baskets are the oldest handmade vessels used by African peoples and one of the most ancient of art forms.


Although basket making has become obsolete in some tribes with the passage of time, nearly every indigenous group throughout Africa has utilized basketry at some point: whether for food preparation and storage, as animal and fishing traps, to transport goods for sacred and ceremonial purposes.

Traditional Zulu Ilala Palm basket weaving technique styles are Imbenge, Isichumo, Isiquabetho and Ukhamba.



Imbenge
A small, saucer-shaped bowl traditionally woven with Ilala palm and grass fibers used as a platter or a lid.


Isichumo
Baskets have a tight firm weave with a bottle-shaped used for carrying liquids.


Isiquabetho
Baskets are large bowl shaped baskets used for gathering and carrying harvested foods and everyday materials.


Ukhamba
Baskets are decorative and colorful bulb shaped container, made watertight by the tautness of the weave.
 
Isiquabetho African Zulu baskets are large bowl shaped baskets used for gathering and carrying harvested foods and every day materials.
Isiquabetho African Zulu basket 

For many Zulu Ilala Palm basket makers, the finished baskets are living metaphors of Zulu African people’s connection to the earth and to the seasonal cycles of life that influence the rules governing the harvesting and preparation of the organic materials used to make Zulu Ilala Palm baskets. 


The Ilala Palm grows along the North Eastern Coast of KwaZulu-Natal in Southern Africa.  Once cut and dried, the leaf is then prepared for weaving into fine, often watertight baskets. In African cultures, baskets represent functional art with a story that continues to be told. 


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