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Culture and heritage

On 24th September 2018, !Khwa ttu will open the only Heritage Centre in the world dedicated to the San.

The Heritage Centre, currently being co-curated by San communities, will serve as a vibrant demonstration of San culture and beliefs, and will articulate previously untold stories.

The San are among the poorest and most marginalised people in the world.  Nonetheless, they have remarkable attributes, skills and knowledge.  The San have always lived in southern Africa.  Their ancestry is traceable all the way back to the 'cradle of the human mind', the birthplace of us all, in South Africa.  Understanding our shared history reminds us who we are.

The Heritage Centre project will be a powerful resource comprising three connected elements:

  • A new Heritage Centre building at !Khwa ttu
  • Five Community Satellites
  • A global Digital Archive.

!Khwa ttu also offers San artists and craftsmen an attractive outlet for their products.

Latest news

Curator’s notes – Chris Low:

I have left the snows of England and am in  the middle of an all too brief stay at !Khwa ttu,  before flying to Toronto for a symposium on indigenous mental health. At !Khwa ttu   I am working closely with the Heritage team and the wider building team and staff.  Over the last week we…
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The ‘Dream Museum’ at !Khwa ttu

The ‘Dream Museum’ at !Khwa ttu, the world’s first heritage centre of the San people, will be composed of five distinct areas, each exploring an aspect of the life, culture and history of the San. In preparation for our opening in September the team at !Khwa ttu has become adept at keeping lots of balls…
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Development of a San Museum

A key focus of our culture project here at !Khwa ttu is the development of a San Museum. In its building phase we have been referring to it as The Dream Museum because it addresses the dreams of the San from all over Southern Africa. Development began back in 2015 and we are looking forward…
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