A Shangaan village which shows the traditional huts
with covered verandahs, formed by poles under the circumference
of the roots.
A Venda village where the huts are clustered together.
The huts and homesteads of the tribal people of South
Africa vary considerable in design and decoration. The
geometric pattrens painted on the mud walls of the Ndebele
of the Transvaal are completely diffrent from straw
'beehive' shaped huts of the Zulu who reside in Natal.
The stone walled hits of the Basotho who live on the
mountainous plateau of Lesotho, in turn differ greatly
from those of other tribes.
Each hut is fashioned around a general pattern which
is in accordance with the tribal tradition. No two huts
are exactly alike because each is custom made according
to the tastes of its owner. The uniqueness of the building
material with which each hut is built is another factor
which accounts for this diversity.
Photographs by Jean Morris & Text by Ben Levitas