Enriched with photographs, stories, advice and indices, The Griqua's Apprentice is as much a reference as it is a storybook. Oom uncle Johannes Willemse, already in his nineties, was a little annoyed that it took well-known Afrikaans actress Antoinette Pienaar nearly 40 years to find him — he had been dreaming for decades that she would be the one to help him pass on his knowledge. For advice on herbs, phone Antoinette weekdays between 17:00 and 19:00 on 023 4161659. It is in this silence that the huge ironstones sing from the fullness of their hearts about the time when the Karoo was still wet, the time when the dry bleached earth lapped and swished from rock to rock with water and strange fish. Knowledge that had been handed down from grandfather to grandson since time immemorial. After a seven-year apprenticeship, Antoinette Pienaar, in her book 'The Griqua's Apprentice.
In The Griqua's Apprentice you will find the essence of it. And so, if you are born in the Karoo, you are born with the memory of water. Slowly healing Antoinette in body and spirit, Oom Johannes restored her to robustness equal to his own. With his brothers, he accompanied his father, a pieceworker, from farm to farm, opening irrigation furrows, ploughing lands, building stone kr One of five sisters, Antoinette Pienaar was born in Carnarvon and studied drama at the University of Stellenbosch. The oldest of twelve siblings, Oom Johannes Willemse was born on the farm Breekkierie in the Kenhardt district.
In , we learn how, after a stellar career as a singer celebrating strong, grounded women, Antoinette Pienaar went to Mali to clear her head. Ancient healing arts of the Karoo' now writes about the healing powers of Karoo herbs. It took Afrikaans actress Antoinette Pienaar almost 40 years to find him, but when she finally did Oom Johannes Willemse started teaching her all about the healing herbs of the Karoo. Does this product have an incorrect or missing image? In 1988 she performed as a singer in a narrated musical tribute to Irving Berlin by , performing with , and musician and composer. . When she arrived at Theefontein, the sheep farm owned by her second cousin Jacques Pienaar, in 2001, Antoinette was severely weakened after contracting cerebral malaria in West Africa — but she decided to stay on at the farm to be healed by the Karoo and its herbs. You will find me here, paging through my Karoo picture book, turning the stories over one by one like pebbles, and laying a footpath of memories, as Hansel and Gretel did once upon a time.
She later went on to one-woman cabarets and also with Fordyce, gradually developing her own style of writing and musical performance. With his brothers, he accompanied his father, a pieceworker, from farm to farm, opening irrigation furrows, ploughing lands, building stone kraals and digging pits. For the past seven years she has been apprentice to Oom Johannes Willemse in the deep recesses of the Karoo. Octogenarian Oom Johannes Willemse, in turn, had been dreaming for 40 years of the woman in the red bakkie, who would come one day so that he could transfer his knowledge of the veld to her. Illustrated in full colour with three indexes and translated by Catherine Knox. Antoinette, a Karoo child from Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, already knew as a little girl that she would one day tell stories and learn about herbs. Through a life of hard, wholesome work he has treated many with the healing arts of the Karoo.
Creeping in under a bush, the mountain tortoise would go down on his knees to ask for rain for the animals and the plant roots. Enriched with photographs, stories, advice and indices, this is as much a reference as it is a storybook. Soon May 2009 she and Oom Johannes will mostly be on the farm so that Antoinette can learn more and write a second book. With insight and empathy, and always ready with an anecdote, she shares her knowledge and Oom Johannes's wisdom and the ancient healing arts of the Karoo compassionately and wholly. In The Griqua's Apprentice you hear the warm voice of Antoinette as thousands of people have come to know it on radio and on stage. In The Griqua's Apprentice you hear the warm voice of Antoinette as thousands of people have come to know it on radio and on stage.
With insight and empathy, and always ready with an anecdote, she shares her knowledge and Oom Johannes's wisdom compassionately and wholly. Words about how I came to live at Theefontein seven years ago now, learning the stories, the myths and the secrets of the Karoo at Oom Johannes's knee. Return to Return to Return to Return to. Ancient healing arts of the Karoo, by Antoinette Pienaar. After a seven-year apprenticeship, Antoinette now writes about the healing powers of Karoo herbs. He would stay like that, praying until the distant thoughts of rain reached his nose on the wind.
Deep in the heart of the Great Karoo of South Africa, at the foot of a mountain without an official name, a Griqua herbalist is teaching a white woman to heal people with herbs. Responsibility: Antoinette Pienaar ; translated from the Afrikaans by Catherine Knox. This is an excerpt from the book: The Griqua's Apprentice. Severely enfeebled she came home to her parents in Beaufort West, where she heard of an local Griqua man who was said to have legendary powers of healing. The oldest of twelve siblings, Oom Johannes Willemse was born on the farm Breekkierie in the Kenhardt district. About how they can move you, for Oom Johannes's approach heals not only body, but also soul. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the the griqua s apprentice pienaar antoinette gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging.
Since then she has moved into a workers' hut opposite Oom Johannes' where she not only experienced complete healing, but also slowly but surely learnt about herbs, veld-knowledge and peace. Herbal cures for a great variety of ailments are given, with advice on lifestyle and a generally positive outlook on life. Stories that open out this primal landscape like an ancient picture book, while inquisitive geckos scuttle down the wall to see if I can also hear the silence. The rock bears this dim memory of water and, if you press your ear against any of these vast boulders, you can hear the heartbeat of the primal colossus as he remembers the water. After a seven-year apprenticeship, Antoinette now writes about the healing powers of Karoo herbs. But my path is not out of the forest, but deeper into the dark, fathomless mysteries of the Great Karoo. Other Titles: Kruidjie roer my.