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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Indaba, My Children

by Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa

“An absorbing collection of legends . . . This interesting and human book deserves a wide circle of readers.” –The Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 720
  • Publication Date March 12, 1999
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3604-6
  • Dimensions 6" x 9"
  • US List Price $22.00

About The Book

A definitive compendium of African myth and folktale, retold in rich, vibrant prose, Indaba, My Children is a stunning literary and ethnographic achievement.

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.

Praise

“The narrative of the historian turns into the incantation of the visionary.” –The Guardian (London)

“An absorbing collection of legends . . . This interesting and human book deserves a wide circle of readers.” –The Times Literary Supplement (London)

‘remarkably well-written.” –B.B.C. World Service (UK)

“This book is indeed an epic.” –Sunday Tribune (Durban)