The Way i value art and culture

Today I found this Art. A lady who was standing in front of me said wow, that’s scary. It’s like witchcraft, she actually used the word voodoo. I said really? What does that mean?
She said you probably know.
I then realised I should make it clear to her. I actually said that the way she thinks is the way many people were brainwashed to an extend of thinking that some of our Art as Africans was not useful but full of demons. Enough people are scared of themselves and their culture.

I told the lady that I love being African and all what’s African. She kept quiet and kept staring me fro. Top to toe. Later she asked where I come from. I told her and I went on saying that if we do not watch out soon enough such a doll will be immitated and played as a Blackpete.

She laughed and started telling about someone with a shop in a town close to our village..He wanted put an advertisement about :::”Black Friday” and then made it :” Roetveeg Friday”
because he is now scared to use the word Black. We laughed.

(If you follow Blackface, ZwartePiet news in Netherlands you will understand this bit)

And that’s when I realized I need to make it clear that it’s about the education we all got which was a bit misleading. High time Educations systems start to focus on truth. Because people are fighting from a level of ignorance and wrong beliefs or traditions.

As we speak this Art is in now in my home.
Thanks
Melissa Budding

Published by Bereka Ne Mbereko

Muchaneta was now living in the Netherlands, far away from home and her extended family. Perhaps it was the distance or the time away from her roots that led her down a path to reconciling her traditionally African approach to child rearing with the new modern European scientifically tested advice she was consistently receiving. In doing so she began to craft out a unique path for herself and her growing family.

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