• Cooking Hut - Kookskerm

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    Cooking Hut Nama people natural material branches twigs 3rd world cooking hut South Africa natural materials stock image stock photo
    South Africa: The Nama people were nomadic, moving seasonally after greener pastures for their sheep and goats. This nomadic lifestyle required shelter that could be taken down quickly and easily. The Nama people used to live in matjieshuise (mat houses). The structure of these huts was made from sweet thorn, tamarisk and other trees in the area. The bark was removed from the branches. Branches were tanned over a fire, shaped while they were still flexible and left to set and dry. The frame was covered with reed mats that were woven by the woman. When moving, they rolled up the mats and disassembled the frame to take with them. The reed mats are ideal for the arid, condition where they live. The reeds expand in winter to form a close fitted covering - thus making the dwelling relatively waterproof. In summer the reeds shrink to create openings for ventilation. Traditionally near the huts was a kookskerm (cooking shelter). The kookskerm was used to prepare food, store herbs, socialize and tell stories at night. A long branch was placed in front of the kookskerm to hang the meat and cooking utensils. Sometimes bushes were packed tightly around the Nama kookskerm to form a wind resistant wall. The Richtersveld is one of the only remaining areas were the Nama people still live in their traditional matjieshuise and move seasonally with their animals.
    Margaret Judelle Drake
    Margaret Judelle Drake
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