The Nama World in the Canyon Village – 31 October 2012
In the Canyon Village guests can familiarise themselves with the way of life, culture and history of the local Nama: beautiful murals illustrate scenes from everyday life and portray renowned personalities such as Nama Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi, or they revive the gripping Nama legend on how the Fish River Canyon was formed.
The latest addition is Nama culture applied to real-life situations: the female kitchen staff now wear traditional Nama garments when they serve guests at the dinner buffet.
In the 19th century Nama women copied the dresses of missionaries’ wives. Their rokhoes are characterised by a tightfitting bodice, tiny waist and flowing wide skirts which reach down to the ankles. The dress is completed with a cap (!khaib) and an apron (maiai!as).
All staff members of the Canyon Village are soon to be fitted out in traditional Nama costume.
And there is another aspect of the Nama culture which bus groups are introduced to as soon as they arrive at the lodge: a donkey cart is waiting to take the luggage to the respective chalets. Donkey carts with merrily waving passengers can be encountered on the gravel roads all over rural Namibia and are still an essential mode of transport.