Compiled by Njabulo Ngobese
The second day of Women's month continues as we give further acknowledgement to the female form for its contributions to the em-betterment of society on a humanitarian level.
According to her published article on the AFH (Art for Humanity) publication ''Look At Me'' - Women Artists And Poets Advocate Children's Rights, Giselle Baillie expresses her concerns on the effects the state of politics has had on the children of this noted community as far as them finding a sense of identity when it comes to language. Having been forced to cross three political borders over the past twenty years from Angola to Namibia all the way to the Northern Cape due to political campaigns, the !Xun culture's children are the biggest victims to this social ill.
"Imagine their language and then...imagine the Rights of the Child within their form of life", are the highly noted sentiments of Giselle Baillie when it comes to the past, present & future of the children of the !Xun culture and their endangered relationship with their source of identity,..language.
by Magasina Majundo
Lang, lang gelede, het die Boesman kind allenig in vrye wildernis van die veld gewoon.
Die kind van ‘n Boesman het meer ondervinding baat gevind om ‘n swerwer te wees.
Polities het dit vir hom sterker gemaak.
English translation: Marí Peté
The arrows were often made of two parts. There was a front end that could separate from the longer part. This enabled the tip to stay in the prey after it was shot.
He knew everything about hunting.
When he got lost at night, the stars spoke to him by giving him direction, and the moon answered him by shining brightly above.
He knew the ideals of a child through the veld, although he was a nomad and moved from one region to another.
The child of a Bushman gained more experience by being a nomad.
Politically it made him stronger.
And nobody would take him off the right course or isolate him.
A brief biography of Magasina Majundo according to the AFH (Art For Humanity) publication "Look at Me" - Women Artists and Poets Advocate Children's Rights :
Magasina Majundo was born in 1934 in Angola. In the 1980s, she moved together with the !Xun people to Namibia, and then again, moved in the 1990s to the Northern Cape. Magasina has seven children, Wejoenke being one of them. She is the storyteller within the !Xun community of Platfontein.