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Bio-cultural diversity exhibition Albany Museum
12th December 2014

In December 2014 Inkcubeko Nendalo and the Selmar Schonland Herbarium opened a new permanent gallery exhibition in the Albany Museum Natural History building entitled ‘Xhosa Plants’.

 The exhibition, based on the book ‘Voices from the Forest’* (Dold & Cocks 2012) has four themes:  plants used for charms, cosmetics, ritual and crafts.

 Large format photographs of wild plants and their traditional use are accompanied by original artefacts. The images are from ‘Voices from the Forest’ and most of the artefacts were collected by Tony Dold with a few on loan from the Museum Anthropology Department (with thanks to Pumeza Mntonintshi of that department).

 Informative captions are provided by Tony Dold and Phumlani Cimi for all photos and artefacts.

 Albany Museum exhibitions artist Paulus Janse is responsible for the layout and design and Heine Kohl assisted with the infrastructure. Paulus brings a fresh quirky approach to the museum exhibitions and we look forward to seeing his future projects.

 The exhibition was formally opened by chair of the Albany Museum Board of Trustees, Mr Cecil Nonqane on the 12th December 2014 and is now open to the public.

*Dold, T. & Cocks, M. 2012. Voices from the Forest. Celebrating Nature and Culture in Xhosaland. Jacana Media