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Botswana descendants of Nama hero Simon Kooper revive their culture

06. September 2019, inke - Culture

The small village of Lokgwabe in Botswana held its annual Nama cultural festival in late August 2019 which was a great success. The traditional attire, Nama music and the famous Nama-stap dance impressed many visitors. First inaugurated in 2016, this festival is part of the Nama culture's efforts in Botswana to revive their original culture and language. 

Botswana descendants of Nama hero Simon Kooper revive their culture

Echoes in the dunes - An art exhibition based on ancient African tales

04. September 2019, inke - Culture

The Fine Art Gallery in Swakopmund will host an entrancing exhibition called Echoes in the Dunes, comprised of three contemporary artists’ work from 6 September to 6 October 2019. The charcoal images, sculptures and pieces of jewelry on display tell ancient stories of the Bushmen, derived from the book Specimens of Bushmen Folklore.

Echoes in the dunes - An art exhibition based on ancient African tales

Part-time engineer, full-time royalty: The new Ondonga king

20. August 2019, inke - Culture

Part-time aircraft engineer. Full-time royalty. This is not the kind of job description one sees on a CV every day. Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo has recently been crowned the new Ondonga King in the north of Namibia. Although Tatekulu Shuumbwa has assumed his new duties as king, he still fulfils certain duties as aviation auditor for the Namibian Air Force when his services are required.

Part-time engineer, full-time royalty: The new Ondonga king

Meeting the Riemvasmakers of Namibia

09. August 2019, inke - Tourism, Culture

On the way to Palmwag from Damara Mopane Lodge near Khorixas, I stopped in at the small settlement of Vrede. Vrede looks like any other settlement along the route, but its residents have a very interesting history. The members of the twelve households that live in Vrede are all Riemvasmakers, their families having once lived in Riemvasmaak in the Northern Cape, South Africa.

Meeting the Riemvasmakers of Namibia

Swakop vellies – handmade shoes from the Namibian coast

19. July 2019, inke - Culture, Economics

Two pieces of leather and a rubber strip made into a comfortable shoe - this handcraft has become an international trademark of the Swakopmund family business of Herbert Schier. World-wide proud owners of the 'Swakop vellies' are posing with their shoes on social media and vying who will post the most original photos. The timeless and ultra-comfortable hide ('vel' in Afrikaans) shoes - meaning leather - have evolved from an everyday necessity in the sixties to cult status. They are at home in New York, as well as at the Munich Oktoberfest. 

Swakop vellies – handmade shoes from the Namibian coast

New book supports the conservation of Carmine Bee-eaters

20. June 2019, inke - Culture, Gondwana Collection

Bird lover and hobby photographer Pompie Burger launched his latest book tonight (20 June) in Windhoek. Chariots of Fire supports the conservation of the Carmine Bee-eater colony close to Zambezi Mubala Lodge which is said to be one of the largest breeding colonies in Africa. It also serves to inform local Namibians as well as tourists about how the delicate balance of the river ecosystem affects Carmine Bee-eaters.

New book supports the conservation of Carmine Bee-eaters

Land Art honours the Wild Horses at Klein-Aus Vista

17. June 2019, inke - Gondwana Collection, Culture

A 100x150m galloping horse has been set in stone on the plains of Klein-Aus Vista Lodge in south-western Namibia in honour of Namibia’s century-old population of wild horses whose future hangs in the balance. The Wild Horse is the third ‘earth drawing’ or ‘geoglyph’ that siblings Anni Snyman and PC Janse van Rensburg have created with their group of volunteers as part of the Site Specific Collective, a land art project that brings nature and art together in large scale.

Land Art honours the Wild Horses at Klein-Aus Vista

Annual Nama festival preserves tradition and identity

07. June 2019, inke - Culture

The feet of the young dancers in their colourful leather shoes move to the tunes and rhythms of the music. The row of girls in brightly coloured patchwork-style dresses and neatly tied headscarves gently move and turn. The youngsters are beaming pride as they receive their well-deserved applause after performing the traditional ‘Nama stap’ dance. It is a special occasion after all: the opening of the annual Nama festival in the town of Keetmanshoop in southern Namibia.

Annual Nama festival preserves tradition and identity

Germany will return 500-year-old cross to Namibia

17. May 2019, inke - Culture

The ancient, over 500-year-old stone pillar with a cross on its top in the German Historical Museum in Berlin, which was originally erected by Portuguese seafarers on Namibia's coast, will return to the African country. The return to Namibia was announced by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media at a press conference on Friday, 17 May 2019 in Berlin. 

Germany will return 500-year-old cross to Namibia

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