INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE OP-ED: Awakening the African canon: Preserving and reviving the rich isiXhosa literary history of the Eastern Cape

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When talking about coloniality and the role of educational institutions in including African knowledge in the curriculum, there is a tendency to link these to contestations about teaching and learning in the 1980s, or to the #FeesMustFall or #RhodesMustFall student protests, or to philosophers like Walter Mignolo or Frantz Fanon.

Their writings are mostly in isiXhosa, and mostly in newspapers, which they adopted as platforms to contest missionary censorship of indigenous thought systems, and linguistic and cultural knowledge. IsiXhosa was one of the first local languages to be systematically written down, a century before Afrikaans.

“The language and the cultural practices of amaXhosa are gradually disappearing because of the Word and the “light”, brought by nations from the West…

 

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