Induku – traditional xhosa stick


In the Xhosa culture, a man must carry induku especially in the village. They use induku to shepherd livestock, to hush away barking dogs, and to fight in life threatening situations. A beaded induku is a sign of prestige. Men carry them in ceremonies and rituals, they use them as walking sticks to show off the beaded detail. The sticks are locally sourced from craftsmen of the villages. Nongejile (in orange t-shirt) sells iinduku made by her husband. Her smile and jokes keep the business relations intact.