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Hawk on the hill

Mrs. Nomusa Ngema of Ndundulu, KwaZulu describes the hawk as a very large bird which feeds on fowls’ chicks. If a hawk sees a chick in the yard it snatches it away and devoures it. A hill is a raised area but smaller than a mountain.

The person consulted

Mrs. Nomusa Ngema explained about how this game is played.

Who play this game?

This game is played by boys and girls from the age of 4 upwards.

What is used to play this game?

No equipment is used to play this game.

When is this game played?

This game is played during the day if it is not raining.

Where is this game played?

This game is played in an open spot.

How is this game played?

Children form a group and they walk together with one leading and saying “the hawk is on the hill”, while the group responds by saying “on the hill”. This is said as they continue marching forward. As the game continues the leader would change and say “the hawk is on the mountain”. The group responds by saying “on the mountain”. When they change to mountain they stop moving and the one found moving is out of the game. The game continues until there is only one left who becomes the winner of the game.

Custom associated with this game

This game teaches children to be observant, to listen attentively and to be careful to do only what is expected.


From a Masters dissertation by Victoria Mkhize for the School of IsiZulu, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Supervised by Professors P.J. Zungu and V. Prabhakaran.