The author reflects on the origins and customs of African peoples in Natal, and on their history. He reproduces the text of Bishop Colenso's history and provides a critical review of his perspectives. ""Abantu Abamnyama"" (""The Black People"") was the first book written in Zulu, by a Zulu author. It was written shortly after the turn of the century, and previously published in 1922. The author was one of Bishop Colenso's first converts, and his story of conversion, which he gives in his Prologue, is a rare cameo of the first Bishop of Natal. Fuze's original work was translated several years ago by the late Mr Harry Lugg, a linguist, and was edited by Professor Trevor Cope. The book provides source material for students of Zulu history and South African affairs, while to the general reader it offers an insight into the attitudes of a black man who lived in two worlds at once.