Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 5
Day 4; if you missed it:
The Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour, Day 5, started on the afternoon of Day 4 as we start negotiations to have a free day, away from the schools and traditional dancing.
Day 5, is a day that I will never forget, a day that I received, another qualification from the University of Knowledge;
We initially achieve an agreement to a visit, restricted to 4 students, but by the end of our negotiations, six students and a professor are committed, or is it sacrificed.
Added to the negotiations is the concept that the host village were of the opinion that we were leaving this morning.
I spent hours sorting through the emails in preparation for this mornings meeting.
The conflict is resolved without and discussion, without allowing me to explain the arrangements, “the matter is on the ground”, the elders state.
We all go off in different directions, Nettie and I, welcomed in homes we had not visited before.
Joseph is excited about the birth of twin sheep two days back, and invites us in for a closer look at look.
The Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour
We pass a few of the group, on one of the homesteads, we take pictures but do not wish to disturb their cultural exchange;
Then, a visit to the ‘Nguni by the road’ family, where after the formalities we are required to experience their traditional dress.
Cedric wishes to buy the shield, but the units belong to the brother, after a little discussion, they part with the father’s headpiece, a moment that will link Cedric to this Nguni family for ever.
Intercultural Exchange taking place without a word said. except for the ages of the young herd boys;
Late on day 5, I wonder onto Mr Zulu’s homestead, where I witness the cultivation of a young male first hand. During the visit to the Chief, Principal Nyembe tells our group, how young Zulu boys are developed, this development, and the entire initiation process, is not just, what my ‘white mind’ would define as a ‘few weeks in the mountains’, where the 16 year-old guides the 12 year-old, who guide the 9 year-old, who guides the six year-old, who guides the 3 year-old.
I smiled when I listened to this very theoretical description of culture, till this experience;
This cultivation process needs to be observed to be believed:
Supper planned at Benjamin Equine’s homestead, again tonight,
Then at the farewell super, head-lady Nguni brings the wishes of Chief Molefe, and to the surprise of all, a marriage proposal, much to the joy of all.
The identity of the future bride is not for me to reveal.
One of Nettie and I’s greatest days so far;
Day 6; following soon.