Together with a team from Totem Media we conceptualized and documented the wisdoms, life narratives and political history of the Kgatla ba Kgafela community. My particular involvement was to underpin the museum exhibition with fundamental worldview principles of the Kgatla ba Kgafela. One such principle is the understanding of rain as the manifestation of life, fertility and goodness, healing, purification and coolness. It exists as the opposite to heat, anger, and witchcraft - the forces of destruction. In customary thought a network of relationships link water, earth, plants, homes, agriculture, cattle, women, men, children, God and the ancestors which must be kept in balance for life to prosper.

I was also responsible for the display of material culture from the past and the present. Female potters from the community are renowned for their skill. In the past huge pots for water and grain storage as well as for burial vessels are the most dramatic. Basketry on a large scale was also practiced but little of this is seen today.


Mphebatho Cultural Museum

for the Kgatla ba Kgafela community

Moruleng, Pilanesburg


Consultant and part of curatorial team

View of section of installation showing the central importance of water in the form of rain (pula) on the earth, cattle, crops, the well-being of humans and the prosperity of all life
View of the section of the exhibition on ceramics (left) and 'transitions' (right)
View of the section of the exhibition dealing with ceramics 
View of the exhibition showing a section of the ceramics display and a section on traditional healing
View of the section of the exhibition dealing with traditional healing
View of the outside precinct of the museum with old stone walls of the original settlement reconstructed