Indaba My Children

Indaba My Children

An Exploration of a Life of Science and Service

By Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa (Compiled by); Credo Vusa'mazulu Mutwa; Vusamazulu C. Mutwa

Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802136046, 696pp.

Publication Date: February 5, 1999

As a young man, Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, a Zulu from the South African province of Natal, was determined to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and become a tribal historian in order to keep the rich oral tradition of his culture alive. In this book, begun in response to the injustices against Africans and their culture, he sets these legends down in writing. He begins with the creation myth, when Ninavanhu-Ma, the Great Mother, created the human race. From there, an epic unfolds, an intricate and vivid cultural tapestry populated by gods and mortals, cattle herders and supreme kings, witch doctors, lovers, grave diggers, warriors, and handmaidens. The story continues all the way up to the colonial era, when a Portuguese Kapitanoh and his crew arrive on the African shore. Indaba, My Children is a classic and indispensable resource for anyone interested in the cultural life of Africa and the human experience as it is filtered into myth.

About the Author

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa resides in Bophuthatswana, South Africa, in a community he founded that is dedicated to the practice and preservation of Zulu and other African religious, healing, and artistic traditions. His book Indaba, My Children has become a classic of African literature.