Recognition and promotion of the Khoe-an Nation, through Arts/Culture Education and Tourism on the Southern Tip of Africa.
After generations of oppression and total marginalization from the political discourse of South Africa, the Khoe-San Community of the Overberg Region, the spiritual homeland of their ancestors, have decided to unite and fight for their right place in South African society.
The challenges have been arduous and still remain stubbornly on the path to full recognition and acknowledgement. That is why we need your help! We have many community projects that are waiting to be kickstarted to help out the disenfranchised community in the region, all being supervised by the Kei Korana (Leadership Council).
The first project we seek to implement is a creative education program that will target the youth and allow them to express their artistic talents whilst enticing a Khoe cultural revival. A trained art teacher is coming up with a cutting edge curriculum designed at teaching the children the cultural heritage of their ancestors and hopefully sparking a new cultural revolution that will give the community a strong sense of pride and unity.
The second project would be the acquisition of a plot of land in order to establish a permaculture center/farm that will serve as a pragmatic educational platform to realign the Khoi with their ancestral agricultural techniques whilst providing an abundance of food production that will give them a sense of security and community.
Once those projects are in place, we can then move forward with our plans to showcase to the world how reconnecting with one's roots can rebuild a community and make it a shining example of the power of cooperation. May the spirit of Ubuntu carry us forward into the future with hope and prosperity. We hope that you resonate with this message, that you be part of this new revolution where we give back respect to our ancestors and let them guide us to a prosperous future!
Overberg Khoe-San Community of the Western Cape
THE OVERBERG KHOE-SAN COMMUNITY
Initial Plan of Action
- Restoring the Khoisan Culture (First Nation of South Africa) to the Overberg Region, on the Southern Tip of Africa.
- Share the Khoi Culture and Heritage with the world. The indigenous culture is primarily nature orientated. Their knowledge of nature and natural medicine is profound.
- Traditional Arts, Culture and Music education programs, will be aimed at hosting traditional and cultural events
- Showcase the rich Khoi Culture and Heritage through the Tourism Market.
- Unification of the regional and rural communities, to include all people sharing this land. The Overberg Region includes the following communities in close proximity to one another: Arniston, Struisbaai, Bredasdorp, Napier, Elim
- To set up an arts training centre with workshops were people of all ages can share skills and knowledge and learn art forms that target the lucrative Tourism Market on the Southern Tip of Africa. Creative cohesion will allow our communities to reconnect to their roots and be proud of their heritage. The first art centre will be situated in Bredasdrop, utilizing the various empty buildings and schools. This arts initiative will branch out all over the region as the movement gains momentum
- Community shuttle service will transport people from neighbouring rural communities. This service is provided by our our organization.
- Art teams can travel between communities using the regional school buses
- Albert Myburgh High School (Bredasdorp), have offered their support and use of buildings.
- We'll bring global awareness to the First Nation of Southern Africa's struggle for recognition and self government.
The name Khoisan was created to place the aboriginal San (hunter gatherers) and Khoi khoi in the same category. The indigenous cultures displayed similarities in language, knowledge and spirituality. The destructive colonial occupation and genocide, attempted to destroy the Khoi Culture and enslave the people of this land. The term Khoisan is collectively used of for the descendants of the Khoi-Khoi and the San people who's original way of life has been completely destroyed.
The plight of the Khoisan is similar to other global First Nation movements. However, until now the Khoi Culture has been kept secret as the Khoi took their knowledge underground to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. Art ,music, dance , and storytelling was at the heart of both cultures which was the first to be removed which destroyed their identity as community. Their own language and indigenous knowledge has been preserved and Traditional Leadership have decided to rise up and restore their culture. This could very well save this world from complete destruction.
The survivors of the initial onslaught were assimilated into the mixed gene pool and were branded the 'coloured people of South Africa'. Till this day, they have suffered the most. Discrimination and disrespect by the Dutch, English, EVERY political regime has been the order of the day in modern history. This trend is being halted, with immediate effect
One only has to start looking at the significance of Khoisan rock art, their knowledge of medicinal plants, harmonious and spiritual way of living to realize that these people are a true manifestation of natural intelligence. In this year ,2017 , 30 years after the apartheid regime ended in South Africa, the government is giving the Khoisan nation recognition as a indigenous traditional tribe, with equal leadership rights along with 11 other recognized tribes. Ironically these other recognized tribes arrived here at the onset of colonization.
Overberg Khoe-San Community Arts and Tourism projects are a Khoisan leadership initiative to launch the restoration of Khoi Culture to the land and its people.
After interviewing, the youth, adults and elders, it became apparent that little or no knowledge remains within the community, for example
- The concept of culture and and different varieties global of cultural identities
- The value of having their own identity restored and reconnecting to nature
- The arts made by the Khoi Khoi and San
- Concepts and knowledge in art and design
- Practical experience in art forms
- Tourism and art
- Producing economic upliftment through creative business skills and arts training to create products for the tourism market
- No exposure to art education therefore the lack of skills and mastering art forms
- Art and spirituality
- No pride in their heritage, for instance the infamous Sarah Baartman who came from the southern tip khoi khoi and who is famous in debates of feminism
We are opening a tourist shop/museum/cultural centre at the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, visited by millions of tourists throughout the year.
- For this shop we train already existing creatives, improving their skills and through market research, create and sell product to the tourists. Also offering information on the true history and cultural tradition of the region, that has been hidden in the past
- Our communities will generate and create all the product offered to our guests that have made the long journey to the Southern Tip of Africa. We would like all our visitors to leave the region enlightened and happy that they made the decision to come here.
- Our main objective with Arts and Culture Education Project is to have it implemented at the beginning of the school year. The art education projects, throughout the year, are the building blocks that lead up to an end of year event, named, 'khulture generation'. This is a professionally orchestrated collaboration of all the art forms.
- School performances and their artistic creations will also be on display for the tourist market, primarily located at the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse,
- Many other incentives and initiates are being planned, medicinal plant workshops, hosted by real bush doctors, food productive agriculture.
- Reconnecting people to nature, outdoor activities and nature walks
- Natural rhythmic music and dance festivals
- Share enlightening stories and knowledge, embedded in orature and art
- Embrace all our people, in unity, within community. Happiness will return to the region.
We have the blessings and support from our Traditional Royalty, The Kei Korana Western Cape Province. Overberg Khoe-San Community are taking our role in the 'Khoisan Uprising' extremely seriously and we are honoured to be included. There is no turning back, because this movement cannot be stopped.
We are calling on everyone to unite and please assist us with the processes needed to reinstall the 'GOOD' into our world...
In unity, good shall, once again, reign supreme!