'Living Museum' in Caprivi
Issue 2 (May 2008) You can learn to dance like a Mafwe at a new ‘living museum’ on the banks of the River Kwando in the Caprivi Strip.

 

The project aims to increase understanding of the Mafwe people while also giving them a stable source of income. Guests can learn about traditional cultures and the original way the Mafwe lived. They will be encouraged to sing and dance to the Mafwe drums and try local food. Villagers at Singalamwe, 19km north of Kongola, have jobs as guides and will provide crafts for the centre’s shop. A campsite has also been set up on neighbouring land. The Mafwe people themselves began the project with the help of Living Culture Foundation Namibia, a non-profit organisation. The foundation aims to alleviate poverty in rural areas while preserving traditional Namibian cultures. The Mafwe centre is the foundation’s second living museum in Namibia. The first is of the Ju/’Hoansi-San and is situated in Bushmanland at Grashoek between Rundu and Grootfontein.

 

• For more information go to www.lcfn.info

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