Image from page 489 of “Natal province : descriptive guide and official hand-book” (1911)
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Title: Natal province : descriptive guide and official hand-book
Year: 1911 (1910s)
Authors: Tatlow, A.H South African Railways. Publicity Dept
Publisher: Durban, Natal : South African Railways Printing Works
Contributing Library: Robarts – University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto
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beforethe order to marry into a particular regiment^was proclaimed. 464 A word or two as to various articles made or manufactured : The art of pottery, ifsuch it can be called, is practised to some extent, especially by the women. Beer pots andcooking pots were made of clay, nowadays one finds these being gradually superseded byvessels of European manufacture. Water is still drawn from the spring in large calabashes,and the same gourd is likely to continue for an indefinite period to be used for holding thewell-known amasi, or sour milk, on which children are so largely fed. Among the articles men and women have been, or are still, in the habit of makingare—mats of all shapes and sizes, baskets (large and small), spoons, knobsticks, stools, woodenbuckets, and musical instruments ; assegais, hoes, bangles, and other metal work ; karosses,leather skirts (for women) and mutshas ; feather and other ornaments of various descriptions ;bone and horn work, snuff-boxes, beadwork, etc., etc.
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A Little Warrior Photo by Trappists I must now conclude, as it is manifestly impossible to attempt anything like anadequate description of this noble race of savages within the compass of a few pages.There are numerous other sides of their life that might have been touched on, such as theiramusements, their musical instruments, their songs and dances, their magnificent fightingqualities, their tactics, methods and customs in time of war, their hunting expeditions, theways in which boys and girls are trained and educated, their method of smelting iron andof making therefrom instruments of various kinds ; how they made fire, what happened intimes of famine and other public calamities; their ceremonies in connection with marriage;habits and customs relating to various phases of domestic life, and the general characteristicsof the language—quite apart from the possibility of each of the heads already dealt withherein being developed to an indefinite extent. It is hoped that the series o
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