The word 'Zulu' has almost become a synonym for Africa in the vocabulary of millions of people in all corners of the earth. That is so not only because of the genius of the founder of the Zulu nation, King Shaka, but because ordinary citizens of this land are, in the words of Benjamin Disraeli, a remarkable people.
But, while they might indeed be a remarkable people, they have another quality which they have nurtured from their founding roots and which persists to this day-universality. Chauvinism has never been a trait of the Zulu character. They have always opened their arms in welcome to all who have come to their land in peace and have shared it in a true spirit of Ubuntu, of caring humanism.
That is what this very unique exhibtion of Zulu treasures is all about. While it is truly a celebration of material culture of the Zulu people, its deeper aim is one of nation-building and reconciliation among all the people of our land.
The exhibition, which is a joint project of the KwaZulu Cultural Museum, Ulundi, and the Local History Museum, Durban, will fill every citizen of our province and our country with pride. Its unifying character is illustrated by virtue of the fact that this will be the first time that exquisite treasures of the Zulu peole will have been curated in a single exhibition.
Together the two collections represent the finest collection of Zulu material culture in South Africa and in all probability in the world.
Half Title. Title. Contents. Foreword by Dr F.T. Mdlalose. Sponsors etc. Acknowledgements. Essay Glossary. 216 pages detailed text, numerous illustrations, data and sources.
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