IsiXhosa Collection

IsiXhosa Collection

The culture and history of the indigenous isiXhosa people of the area are represented in the museum in various forms.

One can admire examples of exquisite beadwork with explanations of the meaning of the beads, and examine models in traditional dress.

Examples of handicrafts and utensils, from gourds to stone implements, as well as traditional assegais, are on display.

Paintings of traditional Xhosa people by the well-known painter, Barbara Tyrrell, form part of the collection and there is a chart showing the genealogy of the House of Phalo, of which Chief Ndlambe was a descendant,  which always arouses interest.

Several display boards tell the story of the Frontier Wars (now called the Wars of Dispossession) which spanned a period of 100 years.  

More recent history is represented by a picture of the Heroes’ Monument in Nemato and a panel on Nelson Mandela.