Dragon Blood Trees

Significance of Indigenous Socotra Dragon Blood Trees in Modern Medicine

The Dragon Blood Tree of Socotra looks like something straight out of a children’s storybook. This is because of its strange umbrella shape. Once the branch of the tree is cut, something even stranger happens. It “bleeds” blood-red resin. If … Continue reading Significance of Indigenous Socotra Dragon Blood Trees in Modern Medicine

Gumboot dancing troupe on stage in blue overalls and do-rags without shirt

Anthropology: Gumboot Dancing as Visual Historical Representation of Defiance

Gumboot dancing is rooted in the dark gold mine tunnels of South Africa’s past. Unbeknownst to many, every step carries the anti-colonial beat of defiance. This uniquely South African dance form originated in the 1890s amongst migrant workers in South … Continue reading Anthropology: Gumboot Dancing as Visual Historical Representation of Defiance

Foru basotho people of both sexes standing in the Basotho tribal blanket in front of hut on green grass

Anthropology: Basotho Tribal Blanket Swag as a Symbol of Cultural Identity

The Basotho tribal blanket is no ordinary blanket. It embodies the identity of an entire nation, from birth to death. Southern Africa is believed to be one of the world’s largest blanket markets. But not for the conventional reasons known … Continue reading Anthropology: Basotho Tribal Blanket Swag as a Symbol of Cultural Identity