Mu­seum director Sharon Cramp­ton

Getaway (South Africa) - - Escape -

‘The mu­seum houses one of the largest and most spec­tac­u­lar pub­lic col­lec­tions of South­ern African arte­facts dat­ing back to the 19th cen­tury – over 5 000 items that bring to life the eth­nic di­ver­sity of our re­gion. The main at­trac­tion is 30 life-sized pup­pets clothed in cer­e­mo­nial at­tire, rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent dis­tricts and in­di­cat­ing where the wearer is from, their age and so­cial sta­tus. They are based on the mar­i­onettes strung from a tra­di­tional Zulu maskanda mu­si­cian’s gui­tar, to dance as he plays, and the tra­di­tional Zulu fer­til­ity doll. Glen­wood to­day has a vi­brant art and cul­ture scene – ex­hi­bi­tions, film screen­ings and mu­sic and art classes (at KZNSA and The Green Camp Gallery), his­tor­i­cal col­lec­tions of craft and lit­er­a­ture (us and the Mazisi Kunene Mu­seum) and mixed-me­dia cre­ations (Um­cebo De­signs). We all share sim­i­lar aims and are con­stantly col­lab­o­rat­ing.’ 500 Es­ther Roberts Road, 031-206-2889

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