No one is left alive who speaks the |Xam language, but our traditional stories, dating back thousands of years, have been preserved. Working from the Bushman Heritage Museum in Nieu Bethesda, a group of First People artists explore the ancient wisdom of our ancestors in contemporary images that are relevant to our lives today. Three giant tapestries tell stories of the stars, the wind, and the origin of death. A fourth explores the painful relationship between sun and moon. A fifth flows between images of seven of our great creation myths. And then there are the tapestries that tell the story of our lives in Nieu Bethesda now – how the wind blows, how we dance, how we sing, and how we are pursued by shadows of darkness.
The artists at the Museum have been working together for many years. They work collectively, drawing, working with textiles, making lino-prints. This exhibition gives a flavour of the two large galleries in the Bushman Heritage Museum that explore the mythology of the |Xam Bushmen in giant tapestries that have been exhibited at the Iziko National Gallery, in Europe and Australia, and at the British Museum in London.