The Ama-Xhosa of the Transkei
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The Ama-Xhosa of the Transkei - by Deryck Lang. Edited by Dianne Lang
A photo journal depicting and explaining the customs of the amaXhosa, the largest tribe in South Africa. Deryck spent his life among the amaXhosa in the Transkei, and was a respected member and Elder of the amaTshezi; the foremost clan of the Bomvana tribe. The photographs he took are a testament of his enduring love of the people, and their deep respect for him.
Few, if any, outsiders have been as privileged to photograph tribal customs and ceremonies, to share in their fortunes and their sorrows; and to live amongst them their entire life.
Deryck captured an intimate glimpse into what could sadly be the end of a cultural era. Deryck was a true African in the deepest sense of the word, a man who epitomised the meaning of "Ubuntu" and "Umntu Ngumntu Ngabantu".
Lala Ngoxolo Mdesaleni