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The Skill of Traditional Clay Pot Making in Kgatleng District. ©S. O. Rampete/ Bakgatla ba Kgafela 1970
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The Skill of Traditional Clay Pot Making in Kgatleng District

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Language(s): Setswana

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Earthenware pottery-making skills are practised among the Bakgatla ba Kgafela community in south-eastern Botswana. The women potters use clay soil, weathered sandstone, iron oxide, cow dung, water, wood and grass to make pots of different forms, designs and styles that relate to the traditional practices and beliefs of the community. Pots are used for storing beer, fermenting sorghum meal, fetching water, cooking, ancestral worship and traditional healing rituals.

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Place/Country: Botswana
Series: 2012 Inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Type: Documentary

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