#HERITAGEMONTH: Healers shift perceptions

The heritage month is important for sangomas, according to traditional healers. Yesterday the country celebrated African Traditional Medicine day. After a near-death experience in the mid 1990s, Fredericks met a sangoma who told him about his calling. Adamant he was no sangoma prospect, he refused to become an “ithwasa” (initiate), eventually heeding his calling after a life of crime and drugs in Heideveld.

“Caravans of Gold” exhibition presents first-of-its-kind look into medieval African art, trade

In “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Arts, Culture and Exchange Across Medieval Saharan Africa,” which will open at the Block Museum of Art this Saturday, Berzock weaves an artistic narrative of a wealthy African king, the journey of gold from West Africa to Florence, Italy and the expansion of Islamic culture and language.

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