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The Spirit of Water – Practices of cultural reappropriation: Indigenous heritage sites along the coast of the Eastern Cape-South Africa is title of the book Dr Magda Minguzzi of Nelson Mandela University recently published.

Dr Minguzzi, a senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and researcher at the Institute for Coastal and Marine Research recently distributed the book to the First Indigenous Peoples Chiefs, who are acknowledged as co-authors.

The book describes the research project that Dr Minguzzi started in 2015 together with the chiefs of the KhoiSan people living in Nelson Mandela Bay, assisted by staff and students at the University.

The project investigated methods and procedures that could help re-establish the link between the Indigenous communities and their “forgotten” heritage sites due to the colonial segregations.

“We used a participatory and interdisciplinary method to explore the tangible and intangible heritage of the Eastern Cape province, with particular attention paid to the remains of precolonial fish traps located along the shoreline, says Dr Minguzzi.

Important testimonies from the KhoiSan chiefs who led the project alongside Dr Minguzzi, have also been included.

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