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Bruce Arnott

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Bruce worked at Londolozi from 2017 to 2020. He always had a passion for the bush and the outdoors, having been camping and fishing since he was a young boy. He attended school in the Natal midlands after which he moved down to ...

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on African Folklore, the Mystery of Birds: Part 2.

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Love the blog today Bruce. I find African folklore fascinating. Love the stories. Looking forward to many more. Can you please write about the Bateleur eagle?

Hi Marinda, absolutely!
Blog coming soon…!

Love to hear any of the African Folklore stories.

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I will love everything you post about African Folklore. As with our Native Americans, these people knew and respected the Earth and all living things. Their wisdom remains unmatched.

A beautiful story. Lovely images. Suggest you check your isiZulu spellings next time. Its inyoni NOT ingonyi and umuthi NOT ummuthi !!! A courtesy to isiZulu readers.

Hi there, thank you very much for your comment! I got the spelling from a Zulu person in Natal. Spellings potentially change with area. Thank you.

absolutely fascinating!

Thanks for the great blog! Especially “if you kill a tree, you kill a bird…”. Helped me in journey in Brussels’ multicultural heritage

Absolutely love that I have a found a place to read up on African Folklore about animals.
One animal I have never found any folklore about though is the African black eagle. Can it really be true that this majestic bird have been overlooked in all cultures?

Hello I came across your blog as I’m researching the symbol of Black Birds for an art piece about George Floyd’s death. I had heard about the symbol of the black birds in slave songs. I can’t tell you how inspired I am to read of the African Folklore, the meaning of the interconnectedness of trees and birds to culture. My heritage is from Trinidad and the West Indian slave trade. I grew up in Arizona and work as a Grand Canyon river guide and worked with ornithologists in the canyon. Your blog made my DNA jump up inside me as I reconnect to my African history although I know hardly anything I have a thread to follow now. I will use some of this wonderful folk history in my attempt to give voice to the current times. Thank you so much for connecting me to a larger, deeper story. May we all be better humans and stewards of this beautiful tragic world.

Hi Raechel,
Thank you so much for your kind words. We’re so glad that this post has helped you make that connection. We’ll be sure to pass this on to Bruce, the author.
Best regards

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