Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sukume Museum

The Human Dignity Center in Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth recently opened a small museum on their premises to act as a window into the culture of the Xhosa people.

The Sukume Museum and Xhosa Cultural Centre also tells the story of Walmer Township, known amongst the black people as Gqebera.  During the Apartheid years the residents of Gqebera resisted forced removals as the area was close to their work places and they would have ended up unemployed if they had to move to the opposite side of town. 

Part of the Human Dignity Centre has a program where locals produce hand made crafts.  The Sukume Museum also gives them an outlet for their items.  Chaos Boy is busy scanning the price list to see what something he is interested in costs.

Some of the handmade items