Good morning heritage friend.
I find myself in a rather peculiar situation this morning .
I am custodian of SHA's mailing list and therefore send out invitations etc.
As I am billed as the speaker for this month, I find myself having to invite you to come and listen to my talk, which is a bit weird for me. I certainly hope it will not be mistaken for hubris.
The subject I am going to talk about is something that has intrigued me for a long time, to the point of me studying as much about it as possible. Yet it still seems incredible.
I am referring to The great cattle killing of the Xhosa Nation which took place in 1856 / 1857 and caused the national starvation of the Xhosa.
It is seen by some as a national suicide and others as means of forcing the nation to war with the British.
What drove the Xhosa to take this step? I will take you through this incredible event and offer reasons as to why it happened.
I have called my talk "The Dead Shall Arise" after the book by Professor Jeff Peires on the subject
Please do come along and listen, it is an almost unbelievable story.