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Humboldt State football, Azusa Pacific meet in GNAC opener, battle of nationally-ranked teams

first_imgARCATA >> Considering the amount of hours they spent on the road last week, ask anybody on the Humboldt State football team about being home and they’ll likely crack an ear-to-ear grin.Being home brings another element to the puzzle, too.Ten days after a thrilling season-opening win in Tennessee, 13th-ranked Humboldt State’s home opener tonight at 6 p.m. will have the added bonus of being against one of the Jacks’ biggest rivals from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Azusa Pacific.Last …last_img read more

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The Keiskamma Tapestry

first_imgIn the entrance to the South African Parliament a remarkable piece of artwork winds its way along the wall, its 120-metre length reaching through the lobby to wrap around the exterior of the chamber.This is the Keiskamma Tapestry, an exquisite embroidery in the tradition of the famous Bayeux Tapestry and the work of over 100 previously unemployed women from the Eastern Cape.Along its length, the tapestry tells the turbulent history of the Cape frontier region, from the Stone Age San through the wars and tragedies of the Xhosa people to the peaceful resolution of the 1994 elections.The embroidery depicting the San Bushmen, the earliest inhabitants of the Eastern Cape, mimics the rock art the hunter-gatherers left behind (Image: Keiskamma Trust)The artwork’s presence in Parliament reflects the kinder, more vibrant and open nature of post-apartheid South Africa. Under the old regime, forbidding portraits of the 1961 Cabinet stared down from the walls of the austere lobby – including one of HF Verwoerd, the architect of grand apartheid.Interestingly, Verwoerd features on the tapestry, at the Rand Show in 1961 – the site of the first assassination attempt against him – and right next to an image of Nelson Mandela burning his pass book during the ANC’s 1959 defiance campaign.Nelson Mandela burning his pass book during the 1959 Defiance Campaign, and HF Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid, in 1961 (Image: Keiskamma Trust)From craft to artThe tapestry is a product of the Keiskamma Trust, set up in 2000 as a skills development project in the impoverished Hamburg region of the Eastern Cape. The trust helps women of the region develop their traditional embroidery skills to produce craftwork of a scale and skill that approaches art – which has a higher premium.Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, created by Saxon women in 1067 to tell the story of the Norman invasion of England, the Keiskamma Tapestry follows the same form as that artwork, with a similar narrative structure.The first panel of the Bayeux Tapestry, created in 1067 (Image: Museum of Reading)It begins with the San Bushmen, the earliest inhabitants of the Eastern Cape, with embroidered replicas of the rock art images of animals and human forms the hunter gatherers left behind.It then follows the history of the Xhosa people in the region, to the arrival of the white colonial settlers, the frontier wars and the great cattle killing of 1856.In that tragic event Nongqawuse, a 15-year-old girl prophet, instructed the people to kill 400 000 of their cattle, leading to mass starvation and the end of effective Xhosa resistance to white encroachment.The great Xhosa cattle killing of 1856 (Image: Keiskamma Trust)Cattle are a dominant motif throughout the tapestry, reflecting their importance in the history and economy of the Xhosa people.The tapestry continues through the history of the Eastern Cape and South Africa as a whole, ending with the country’s first democratic elections in 1994. In creating the epic embroidery, the trust says, the women involved came to learn about their own history, which they can then disseminate throughout their community.The people of the Eastern Cape queuing to vote in the 1994 elections (Image: Keiskamma Trust)The Keiskamma Tapestry was created with funding from the Department of Arts and Culture and over 100 private donations. The Standard Bank bought the work for R500 000, and loaned it for a long-term exhibit in Parliament.It was unveiled by Parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2006, at a ceremony attended, among others, by all of the Eastern Cape women who laboured to create it.View the full Keiskamma Tapestry on the Keiskamma Trust website.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Toll in Bengal panchayat poll violence rises to 20

first_imgThe death toll in violence during the West Bengal panchayat elections increased to 20 on TuesdayAt Ranaghat in Nadia, the husband of a Trinamool Congress candidate was dragged out his house and beaten to death. Trinamool Congress supporters and leaders were killed in Cooch Behar, Uttar Dinjapur and North 24 Parganas and Malda district in poll related and post poll violence. Of the 20 casualties reported in the past 48 hours, half of them belonged to the Trinamool Congress. The TMC supporters and leaders were killed in both intra and inter-party feuds and there were instances of lynching of ruling party supporters when they went for booth capturing. TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said that while Opposition was claiming of attacks on their supporters, it was the ruling party which had suffered most in the violence. Half a dozen of supporters of the CPI (M) and a couple of BJP supporters had also been killed in the violence. The representatives of CPI(M) and Party for Democratic Secularism ( PDS) approached Calcutta High Court on the violence and were directed to file fresh petitions by the Court. There were protests outside the office of State Election Commission by Committee for Protection of Land, Livelihood, Ecology and Environment who have fielded candidates at Bhangar against the TMC.Re-polling was ordered in 568 booths in the State.The State Election Commission ordered re-polling in 568 polling booths on Wednesday. The highest number of booths where re-poll would be be held were in Uttar Dinajur, Malda, Murshidabad ad North 24 Parganas districts. The results of the rural polls would be announced on May 17.last_img read more

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