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The history of the LCFN

The most important events concerning our work since 2004

2004

The Living Museum in Grashoek

The idea of living museums in Namibia existed already prior to the foundation of our non-profit organization. The Namibian tour guide Werner Pfeifer imported the concept from Germany, where he had worked in various living museums himself. He developed a suitable version for the rural areas of Namibia. This concept was first introduced to the Ju/‘Hoansi-San from Grashoek in 2003 who designed their own museum within a year. The Living Museum of the San opened in June 2004 and has fundamentally contributed to the later foundation of the LCFN.

2004 Juhoansi

2005

Additional attempts to initiate living museums

In 2005 additional attempts to spread the idea were carried out, still financed by private means. Particularly promising were the meetings with the Mafwe in Singalamwe in Caprivi Strip, today‘s Zambezi-Region.

At the end of 2005 the first „Bushman-Safari“, made possible by private donations, was organized. Some LCFN members took 30 Ju/‘Hoansi-San from the museum in Grashoek on a journey through Namibia for one and a half weeks to provide them with a chance to get to know other areas of their own country.

2005 Buschman Safari

2006

Laying the foundations – the beginnings of the LCFN

In 2006 the foundation stone for the formation of our German association Living Culture Namibia e.V. was laid, into which the Living Culture Foundation Namibia merged during the subsequent years.

The concept of a living museum was further developed  for the local communities. To this end, a simple finance and management concept was worked out. Additionally, a scientific concept was elaborated and formulated. Today‘s project manager Sebastian Dürrschmidt travelled to Namibia to conduct interviews with the Ju/‘Hoansi-San for his master‘s thesis on the „concept of the Living Museums“, investigating the basics and the success of the concept.

2006 Interviews

2007

Foundation LCN e.V. & Projects in Namibia

In 2007 our work focused mainly on project meetings with the Mafwe, whose preparations for their Living Museum developed well.

On July 28th 2007 we were finally able to found our non-profit association Living Culture Namibia e.V. after extensive organizational preparations. Many of the future members met in Tangermünde in order to set up the legal and financial basis for our work in Namibia.

In December 2007 a perfect dress rehearsal took place in the Living Museum of the Mafwe – the decision to open Namibia‘s second living museum was definite.

2007 Mafwe

2008

Opening of the Mafwe museum, etc.

Joint efforts of the project group of the Mafwe in Singalamwe on the one hand and members of the LCFN in Namibia on the other made the official opening of this second living museum of Namibia on 10th February 2008 possible. The Mafwe museum shows the traditional, pre-colonial culture of the Mafwe-people of Northern Namibia.

2008 Mafwe Opening

After Hans-Bernhard //aoseb had contacted us for the first time at the end of 2007 concerning his idea of building a living museum of the Damara people, we traveled towards Twyfelfontein to „Damaraland“ three times in 2008, in order to speak with the project group, explain the concept and stimulate their motivation.

Damara Museum Project tour

In 2008 we met for the first time with a group of young Kavango people near Rundu, who had taken interest in the concept of the living museums.

2009

Shaping of the Damara and the Kavango museum, safari of anniversary

We realized, that our ideas of the time frame for the building of a living museum often did not match those of the project executing group. In particular we became aware that it is not so easy to build a living museum within a group (in this case the Damara), that has lost many aspects of the original culture already. We therefore organised an inter-cultural workshop between the project group of the Damara and four actors of the meanwhile very successfully operating Living Museum of the Ju/’Hoansi of Grashoek. The idea was that they should exchange their points of view and experiences concerning the running of a living museum on the one hand and produce traditional craft together on the other. It turned out to be a great success that was crucial to the development of the Damara museum.

2009 Damara Workshop

A suitable place for the museum of the Kavango people was found at the lake of Samsitu, and the group was very motivated. However, after a series of agreed-upon meetings which failed to materialize due to a variety of reasons (such as floods and droughts) we admittedly felt rather disillusioned.

Some trips took us to the Ju/‘Hoansi Museum and the Mafwe Museum, where a number of challenges required special attention and discussion. At the end of the year, however, these problems (such as the distribution of the income and cases  of alcoholism) were mostly solved.

At the end of 2009 a safari was organized, made possible by private donations, for the people of the Ju/‘Hoansi Living Museum to celebrate the museum’s fifth anniversary. It took them to the Damara, the Himba and the Mafwe people. On this tour, !Gamace N!Aici, one of the most committed members of the Grashoek Museum, developed the idea of founding another living museum of the San, namely in a conservancy in which they are still entitled to hunt traditionally.

2009 Safari

2010

3 new museums inaugurated, one closed down again

2010 was a very work-intensive and successful year for the LCFN.

After year-long preparations and a successful final rehearsal on the 06.02.2010 we were eventually able to open the Living Museum of the Damara on the 20.02.2010. A great success with a cultural group that had virtually forgotten nearly all its traditional culture.

Damara Opening

At the beginning of the same year !Gamace N!Aici entered into talks with a community of Ju/‘Hoansi at /Xa//Oba and explained the idea of opening a Living Museum which could offer traditional hunting activities. The San were thrilled and developed their Living Museum in the blink of an eye under !Gamace’s guidance. The Living Hunter’s Museum was thus able to be opened on the 27.02.2010 already.  

In May 2010, we were invited by a San group from South Africa, the #Khomani-San to introduce the concept of the Living Museums in three local communities. They were able to realise a somewhat modified project in South Africa.

Khomani

In July and again in October we introduced the concept of the Living Museums to a group of Ovahimba. A community east of Opuwo showed interest in the concept and had chosen a beautiful site.  

Other trips took us to the Khwe at Divundu, whom we already visited numerous times when driving to the Mafwe Living Museum.

A bush campsite with dry toilet was built at the Mafwe Living Museum.

In November, we travelled to the south of Namibia and spoke with four communities of the Nama people and explained the concept of the Living Museums – as it turned out later this venture remained unsuccessful.

After the project at the Mbunza has started to stall before it really started we were up for a surprise at the end of 2010. The project group turned out to be highly motivated and had finally found trust in us.

Excursus Nharo Museum: - The first and only museum that had to close. At the beginning of January a little branch of Grashoek, the “Nharo Museum” opened up on a private farm east of Windhoek. Here a family of Nharo San from Namibia’s east and the Ju/‘Hoansi were supposed to work together. The San intended to combine the work in a Living Museum with game keeping on the farm.  After several problems with the owner of the farm the whole project shifted to another farm closer to Windhoek. Unfortunately misunderstandings prevailed and in the end the San wanted to return to their family homes. After having invested a lot of work into developing this project we had to close the museum again with heavy hearts. We learnt the lesson that Living Museums could only work on privately owned land under very favourable conditions and that we prefer not like to support these private initiatives anymore.

2010 Nharo

2011

Opening of the Mbunza Museum etc.

After the good prospects at the end of 2010 our work concentrated on the further development of the Mbunza Museum. In January 2011 a very successful traditional workshop was organised in order to train the future project group of the Living Museum of the Mbunza in some traditional skills: Pottery, wood carving, traditional braiding, black smith skills, drum building. The workshop helped to speed up the development process of the museum.

After further visits and a final rehearsal in September we were able to open the museum with a big inauguration on the 22.10.2011. The fifth Living Museum in Namibia.

Mbunza Opening

We travelled several times to the Damara Museum during the year as there was need of clarification with regards to the development of the museum, the internal structures and internal misunderstandings. Furthermore, we organized a traditional hut and tools in February which were sent to South Tyrol to the Messner Mountain Museum of the famous Reinhold Messner.

Damara Messner

In April 2011 a special initiative was organized by our member Melanie Stenger. Her aim was to raise awareness on hygiene and health to the Living museums and to the respective villages. She gave some important lessons especially to the children of the villages

During 2011 we once again had numerous requests via LCFN from people either wanting to support or wanting to help with the development of new and existing projects. Unfortunately the development of the Khwe and the Ovahimba projects remained stagnant. Our three other museums, the  Ju/’Hoansi Living Museum, the Ju/’Hoansi „Hunters“ Museum and the Mafwe Museum operated smoothly in 2011.

2012

Quality assurance

In 2012, we focused on the assurance of the quality in the five existing Living Museums. We visited all of them, analyzed the offered programs and the interactions between actors and visitors. As an outcome, we organized several workshops.The photographers Sezong and Charly Cyris, who provided all pictures to the LCFN, accompanied one of the trips.  

One workshop took place in August. The main topic of the workshop was to help the Damara to raise the standard of their museum by meeting representatives of the museums of the Mbunza and the Ju/’Hoansi. During the visits in those museums, strategies of relaxation and further improvement of their own museum should be developed. Finally, a workshop for blacksmithing was realized in the museum of the Mbunza.

2012 Mbunza Workshop

Two groups of the Haikom (Hai||om) showed interest in the concept of a Living Museum. We visited both groups in August, explained the concept, talked about their expectations and their possibilitities to develop this project.

Unfortunately for the two already exisiting projects with the Khwe and the Ovahimba no positive development could be reported for 2012.

2013

New approaches for the Nama and Ovahimba, infrastructure projects

In the beginning of 2013 we decided to put off the two projects with the Ovahimba and the Khwe and we found two new groups, one group of Ovahimba and one group of Nama, which were interested in starting a Living Museum.
    
In February we went to Gochas and visited the group of Nama, which we already got to know in 2012. We again explained our concept, but without any successful outcome so far.

Furthermore we did several other project tours, e.g. to the Ju/’Hoansi, the Damara, the Living Hunter’s Museum, the Mafwe and the Mbunza. We discussed several small internal issues, provided financial trainings, tried to consolidate structures of the museums, helped with some inter-social problems and provided many other small hints and advices.

Another trip brought us to the far-away Kaokoveld to Purros, where two groups of Herero and Ovahimba showed interest in our concept.

2013 Himba Herero

Financed by the Millenium Challenge Account campsites could be build for the museum of the Ju/’Hoansi and for the Living Hunter’s Museum.

2013 Campsites

2014

Quality assurance, 10 years Grashoek

Like every year we organized trips to all Living Museums to assure the quality of the traditional presentations and to talk together with the actors about the work and their problems.

Aaron Nambadi, chairman of the “Museums Association of Namibia” (all Living Museums are member of that organization) proposed a film documentary about one of the museums. Upon that, Werner Pfeiffer and the film team visited the museums of the Mbunza and the Damara and, after thorough evaluation decided that the film should be realized together with the Mbunza in December 2014. Finally, the movie “The Mbunza of the Okavango” was rewarded with the 2017s Namibian Movie award for the best documentary!

2014 Mbunza Film

In April, we established a new financial system for the Living Museum of the Jo/’Hoansi, due to the repeatingly appearing internal quarrels over the distribution of finances. We explained the system and trained the financial manager of the museum.

In May we hold a great members meeting in Germany and participated at the “International Day of the museum” in Tangermünde with own activities and presentations about the foundation and their work.

2014 Tangermuende

Furthermore, we had a big moment to celebrate – the 10th anniversary of the Living Museum of the Ju/’Hoansi in Grashoek. For this we organized a birthday party on the 6th of December 2014. In the name of the LCFN we invited many interested people to celebrate with us. Together with a traditional presentation provided of the San we organized a bow tournament. After the initiator of the museum Werner Pfeiffer held a short speech, the celebration with the San under a full moon lasted until the early mornings.

2014 Grashoek Birthday

2015

Beginnings of the Ovahimba Museum, New signage


The Museums Association of Namibia (we are member since 2013) donated N$ 20.000 to the museum of the Mafwe and the Ju/’Hoansi in kinds such as office supplies, material for blacksmithing and ostrich eggs and the LCFN received a donation about N$ 25.000 for the new brochures.

2015 Mafwe donations

All museums were provided with new signs, since the old ones had been destroyed by the sun, weren’t readable anymore or just didn’t look good anymore. They have been installed during our regular project tours to the museums throughout the year.

2015 Road signs

In March we again visited the group of the Khwe, which seemingly did not completely loose the interest in building up their own museum. The meeting went ok.

In August, we met for the first time with the young Herero John Tjipurua in Omungunda in the north of Opuwo (high up in the North of Namibia). He showed strong interest in developing a Living museum together we several groups of Himba, which he already gathered to start the project.

2015 Omungunda Dances

2016

More workshops and the opening of the Himba museum

Since the opening of the Living Museum of the Mbunza, the art of blacksmithing and wood carving unfortunately did not improve with the Mbunza as we hoped for. Another workshop was organized in 2016 by the LCFN to improve the quality of the goods the Mbunza produced. It should also improve the motivation of the people to produce and offer more quality crafts in their craftshops.

For the people of the Living Hunter’s Museum a workshop was oganized as well. The aim was to show all other men of the village how to prepare their own knife blades, spear- and arrowheads and axe blades for themselves in the future. The museum lacked those weapons and tools already for a while.

A visit at the Damara museum showed a deterioration of the financial accounting. This started since the financial manager Riacolin left the museum. The quality of the offered crafted goods also could have been better. We decided to have a workshop together with the Himba who still have some master smiths amongst them.

In May 2016, for 1,5 weeks, project manager Sebastian Dürrschmidt, Elizabeth and Gifty (the managers of the Mafwe museum) flew together to Germany. Within the International Day of the Museum they held several presentations about the live and work of the their group in Namibia. All in the all it was a colourful mix of cultural programs and presentations and for the two Mafwe an extraordinary experience.

2016 Travel to Germany

In Germany a fundraised lottery for the LCFN was carried out, where participants could win a trip across Namibia.

In July 2016 together with the Himba a beforehand planned workshop was performed - A big success! The group of Ovahimba invited a potter and a blacksmith, who trained the invited group of 4 Damara and the rest of the Ovahimba how to do smithery and pottery “à la Himba“. The conversations to consolidate the concept of the Living Museums were as well more than satisfactory.

The arranged program and its structure was very promising and the outcome for us, after only two project meetings and only one year of development of the museum more than suprising.

2016 Ovahimba Workshop

On the 15th of October 2016 the general rehearsal of the grand opening of the Himba museum took place. The cultural program was great and it had been decided to open the museum still in the same year. After only one and a half year preparation time the museum opened ont he 5th of November 2016 with a big ceremony.

2016 Ovahimba Opening

2017

Quality assurance, 10th anniversary of the LCFN

In April we visited the museum of the Ju/’Hoansi-San, the Living Hunter’s Museum, the Living Museum of the Mbunza and the Mafwe to help them solving some smaller issues, which appear now and then and in general to show our support. Every museum received new showcases and info boards, which replaced the old show cases.

2017 Show cases

The Mafwe museum asked for a meeting with us, since some issue with the location of the museum occurred. The members of the museum presented a new location for the museum.

On the 28th of July the LCN e.V. celebrated it’s 10th anniversary – a reason to look back, reflect on the reach goals and the all the work which has been done so far.

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Contact Details

The Living Culture Foundation Namibia (LCFN)

Board of Directors: Sebastian Dürrschmidt, Kathrin Gebhardt, Werner Pfeifer

Pienaar street 34, Pionierspark
P.O. Box 30627,
Windhoek, Namibia

Sebastian Dürrschmidt:
Cell : +264 (0) 81 37 19 180
Email: sduerrschmidt@lcfn.info

Kathrin Dürrschmidt:
Cell : +264 (0) 81 25 87 682
Email: kgebhardt@lcfn.info

Werner Pfeifer: 
Cell : +264 (0) 81 27 99 278
Email: wpfeifer@lcfn.info

Sonja Iwanek-Kirchner: 
Cell : +264 (0) 81 35 18 031
Email: siwanek-kirchner@lcfn.info

Nicky Kirchner: 
Cell : +264 (0) 81 20 41 945
Email: nkirchner@lcfn.info

Living Culture Namibia e.V. (LCN e.V.)

German office:
Vorstand: Sebastian Dürrschmidt, Dr. Ralf Kühn, Claudia Tülp

Lange Fischerstraße 31
D - 39590 Tangermünde

Fax: +49 (0) 39322 92800
Email: contact@lcfn.info

Bank Details
Account: 3060011566
BLZ: 81050555
Kreissparkasse Stendal

Steuernummer: 108/142/01673, Finanzamt Stendal
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Stendal - VR 976

LCFN

Introduction

The Living Culture Foundation Namibia (LCFN) initiates sustainable development projects in communal areas of Namibia. The main aim is the establishment of a cultural network in areas of great poverty. This cultural network gives people in communal areas the possibility to benefit from the Namibian tourism industry.

Culture network

Background

Since the colonisation of Namibia, important parts of the country’s indigenous cultures - traditional values, rites and customs - are disappearing rapidly. Consequently various social problems are appearing, linked to cultural falsification.

Social background

Old man from the Damara MuseumOld man from the Damara Museum

Our Aims

Our aim is to help communities establishing projects that allow them to profit from their traditional skills by earning money. The different groups we work with have found a reason to actively retain their cultural identity. Once again they are practicing the ancient skills that were disappearing and are passing them on to younger generations. With our concept of the Living Museums we help the people to fight poverty and we support the dialogue between the different Namibian cultures.

Our aims

The philosophy

With our projects we want to help the people to reach independence and to get the freedom to decide about their future self responsibly.

Development principles

Support Us

We also decide independently about what kind of projects should be established. For this reason and to save administration costs we do not work together with governmental organizations. We finance ourselves only through private donations brought in by our German partner organization Living Culture Namibia e.V.

How to help us?

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Your donation

Thank you very much, we have received your donation. With yourdonation you help us to support traditional cultures in Namibia and help people in local areas to have a better way into the future.

Thank You!

Namibian development aid

Help us!

Your donation will help us support traditional cultures of Namibia!

With our projects we want to help the people to reach independence and to get the freedom to decide about their future self responsibly.

We also decide independently about what kind of projects should be established. For this reason and to save administration costs we do not work together with governmental organizations. We finance ourselves only through private donations brought in by our German partner organization Living Culture Namibia e.V.

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Living Culture Namibia e.V.
Kontonummer: 3060011566
Bankleitzahl: 81050555
Kreissparkasse Stendal

IBAN: DE26 8105 0555 3060 0115 66
BIC-/SWIFT-Code: NOLADE21SDL

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Do i receive a contribution receipt?

At the moment you can only get a contribution receipt if you live in Germany and donate from a german bank account.

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Do you want to become supporter of the LCFN and support our work with a regular contribution?

How to become a supporter?

You can just set up a money transfer order to the german bank account ot the LCFN.

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Bank code: 81050555
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Background

Apart from the development of our cultural network, in which every language group of Namibia should be represented with at least one Living Museum, we want to focus on infrastructural programs for our existing Living Museums in near future.
 
We have worked very successfully on the basis of our low-finance concept for three years now and thus will stick to this concept for developing new Living Museums.
 
Nevertheless infrastructural programs cannot be realized solely by transfering of knowledge or educational measures. Very often higher financial outputs are necessary, for example to patch roads to the Living Museums or to repair water tanks. Investments into communal campsites and schools are also vital to fight poverty and promote education.
 
To be able to support more projects in the near future we now start our campaign “Become a supporter”. From now on we offer the possibility to become a supporting member of the Living Culture Foundation Namibia respectively of its German partner association Living Culture Namibia e.V. This simply means that through generating a regular incoming through membership fees we can calculate much better how much we can invest into whichever project.
 
One can become a supporting member from a monthly membership free of minimum 5€ respectively a yearly fee of 60 €. Supporting members will get the DVD „the Living Museum of Grashoek“ free of charge (only available in German though).

So – why not become a supporter? 

Help us with our cultural development work in Namibia. Become a supporter of the Living Culture Foundation Namibia yourself or recruit a supporting member among your friends and acquaintances.
 
The people in Namibia will be very thankful.

Development aid in Namibia

Imprint

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Lange Fischerstr. 31
D- 39590 Tangermünde

Concept

Sebastian Dürrschmidt

...in cooperation with

Kathrin Dürrschmidt
Werner Pfeifer
Sonja Iwanek-Kirchner
Nicolaas Kirchner

Layout / web design

Sebastian Dürrschmidt - Treasure Hunt Design & Travel

Pictures

Werner Pfeifer
Sebastian Dürrschmidt
Some: Roman Teufel

27.10.2014

Traditional cultures in Namibia

Welcome to the website of the Living Culture Foundation Namibia (LCFN). The LCFN is a non-profit, German-Namibian organization, which focuses on cultural cooperation in rural areas in Namibia.

We help Namibian communities to establish Living Museums.

Living Museums in Namibia

A Living Museum is an authentic way of presenting traditional culture and has three main aims:

  1. Fight against poverty in Namibia
  2. Preservation of traditional culture
  3. Creation of a cultural and intercultural exchange

Visitors of the Living Museums can learn a lot about the interesting cultures of Namibian language groups and have a great opportunity to get to know the people of Namibia. Every visit to a Living Museum actively contributes to the preservation of traditional culture and the creation of a source of income in rural areas.

Subcategories

Concept: Aims & Philosophy of the LCFN

The aims, philosophy and principles of the Living Culture Foundation Namibia are often different to the understanding of development cooperation of other development organizations in Namibia. In general we think quite critical about the "development industry" because not only positive things are done. Indeed development cooperation produces not seldom the opposite of development. We help where we can, but only in places or communites where our help is desired, where there is a real interest in development and where own work will be brought in. We never ever help through financing only, but through the transfer of ideas, educational opportunities and motivation for selfresponsible development of projects.

Here you can learn more about our aims, our philosophy and our understanding of development cooperation in Namibia.

Info-Center

Here you will find plenty of information around our work and informative links to our partners and supporters.

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Do you have a question about the Mafwe Living Museum?

 

Have you read our FAQ already? Most of your questions will be answered there. If your question couldn't be answered you are welcome to write us an email to contact@lcfn.info

 

Kind regards, Elizabeth,
Manager of the Mafwe Living Museum

Mafwe Elizabeth

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Do you have a question about the Mbunza Living Museum?

 

Have you read our FAQ already? Most of your questions will be answered there. If your question couldn't be answered you are welcome to write us an email to contact@lcfn.info

 

Kind regards, Sebron
Manager of the Mbunza Living Museum

Sebron

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Do you have a question about the Ovahimba Living Museum?

 

Have you read our FAQ already? Most of your questions will be answered there. If your question couldn't be answered you are welcome to write us an email to contact@lcfn.info

 

Kind regards, John
Manager of the Ovahimba Living Museum

John

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Do you have a question about the Damara Living Museum?

 

Have you read our FAQ already? Most of your questions will be answered there. If your question couldn't be answered you are welcome to write us an email to contact@lcfn.info

 

Kind regards, Hans-Bernhard
Manager of the Damara Living Museum

Hans

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Do you have a question about the Ju/'Hoansi-San Living Museum?

 

Have you read our FAQ already? Most of your questions will be answered there. If your question couldn't be answered you are welcome to write us an email to contact@lcfn.info

 

Kind regards, Apollo
Manager of the Ju/'Hoansi-San Living Museum

Apollo

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Do you have a question about the Living Hunter's Museum?

 

Have you read our FAQ already? Most of your questions will be answered there. If your question couldn't be answered you are welcome to write us an email to contact@lcfn.info

 

Kind regards, Tsamkxao
Manager of the Living Hunter's Museum

Tsamkxao

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Haben Sie eine Frage über das Mafwe Lebende Museum?

 

Sollte die Antwort auf ihre Frage nicht in unserem FAQ (meistgestellte Fragen) zu finden sein, so können Sie uns gerne eine Email schreiben: contact@lcfn.info

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Elizabeth,
Manager des Mafwe Living Museums

Mafwe Elizabeth

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Haben Sie eine Frage über das Mbunza Lebende Museum?

 

Sollte die Antwort auf ihre Frage nicht in unserem FAQ (meistgestellte Fragen) zu finden sein, so können Sie uns gerne eine Email schreiben: contact@lcfn.info

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Sebron

Manager des Mbunza Living Museums

Sebron

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Haben Sie eine Frage über das Ovahimba Lebende Museum?

 

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Mit freundlichen Grüßen, John

Manager des Ovahimba Living Museum

John

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Haben Sie eine Frage über das Damara Lebende Museum?

 

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Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Hans-Bernhard

Manager des Damara Living Museum

Hans

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Haben Sie eine Frage über das Ju/'Hoansi Lebende Museum?

 

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Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Apollo

Manager des Ju/'Hoansi-San Living Museum

Apollo

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Haben Sie eine Frage über das Hunter's Lebende Museum?

 

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Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Tsamkxao

Manager des Living Hunter's Museum

Tsamkxao

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Juhoansi

The Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi is Namibias first Living Museum

  • Opening: 2004
  • Culture: Hunter-Gatherer Culture of the San
  • Highlights: "Action Day" - 4 hours interesting introduction into the culture of the San
  • Setup: Many gras huts in great nature, campsite and craftshop
Grashoek Apollo

"... Our Living Museums has 76 actors at the moment. All actors are very happy with the work they are doing. The aim of our Living Museum is to develop the Grashoek community. Its is also a school where the elders teach the young people about culture..."

Apollo, Manager of the Ju/'Hoansi-San Living Museum

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Mafwe

The Living Museum of the Mafwe in the Caprivi, situated under huge Baobab trees

  • Opening: 2008
  • Culture: Bantu culture of the Mafwe, influenced especially by fishing and farming
  • Highlights: "A day together with the Mafwe" - 4 hours of interactive program
  • Setup: Kraal, several clay huts, traditional kitchen, bush campsite & craftshop
Mafwe Elizabeth

"... The Mafwe Living Museum has 38 permanent workers and 12 students at the moment. We realized that we must share our culture and the Living Museum is the right tool to do that because the Mafwe people are happy and proud about their culture! ..."

Elizabeth Madima, Manager of the Mafwe Living Museum

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Damara

The Living Museum of the Damara close to Twyfelfontein, reconstruction of the "lost" culture of the Damara

  • Opening: 2010
  • Culture: Traditional culture of the Damara
  • Highlights: "Traditional Life" - 1 hour entertaining program
  • Setup: Kraal, several wooden huts, pharmacy, blacksmith, craftshop
Damara Hans

"... The Damara Living Museum has 30 actors and is called "Taotatide" in our language which means "we are proud of our culture". The actors are happy and very proud of their job. In the future we want to start a campsite and further improve our Living Museum..."

Hans-Bernhard, Manager of the Damara Living Museum

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LittleHunters

The Hunter's Living Museum - the only museum offering a real traditional hunt in the wilderness together with the San

  • Opening: 2010
  • Culture: Hunter-gatherer culture of the Ju/'Hoansi
  • Highlights: "3 Days in the wild" - several days intensive educational program
  • Setup: Several gras huts, campsite, craftshop
Hunters Ksamkxao

"... We have 25 actors in our museum. When the visitors come to see and understand our culture, the guests but also our children learn about the old traditions which is very important for our community. ..."

Tsamkxao, Manager of the Living Hunter's Museum

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Mbunza

The Living Museum of the Mbunza at Lake Samsitu, reconstructing the "old Africa"

  • Opening: 2012
  • Culture: Bantu culture with main focus on fishing
  • Highlights: "A Day together with the Mbunza" - 4 hours cultural program
  • Setup: Several traditional huts inside a large traditional village, kitchen, blacksmith, craft shop
Mbunza Sebron

"... Our Living Museum which has 25 people is a good tool to let people understand the value of our culture, where we come from and where we can go. We are proud of our culture and are happy to learn about people from all over the world who are visiting us. ..."

Sebron Ruben, Manager of the Mbunza Living Museum

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Ovahimba

The Living Museum of the Ovahimba north of Opuwo in the Kaokoveld

  • Opening: 2016
  • Culture: Unique semi-nomadic Bantu culture
  • Highlights: 5 hours "Spend a day with us" program
  • Setup: Large homestead including main hut, holy fire, life stock kraal
Ovahimba John

"... We have 32 actors in our museum. We were able to discover the old and lost traditional Ovahimba culture. The Living Museum is very succesful and the actors are benefitting from it directly and indirectly thorugh the selling of crafts very much ..."

John, Manager of the Ovahimba Living Museum

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Juhoansi

Das Lebende Museum der Ju/'Hoansi - Namibias erstes Lebendes Museum

  • Eröffnung: 2004
  • Kultur: Jäger- und Sammler-Kultur der San
  • Höhepunkte: "Action Day" - 4 Stunden intensives Kennenlernen der faszinierenden Kultur
  • Setup: Mehrere Grashütten, Campingplatz, Craftshop
Grashoek Apollo

"... Unser Lebendes Museum hat 76 Akteure im Moment. Alle Leute sind zufrieden mit der Arbeit im Museum. Das Ziel unseres Museums ist es, die Gemeinschaft in Grashoek zu entwickeln. Daneben ist es eine Schule, wo die Ältesten die Jungen unterrichten..."

Apollo, Manager des Lebenden Museums

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Mafwe

Das Lebende Museum der Mafwe im Caprivi unter Baobabbäumen

  • Eröffnung: 2008
  • Kultur: Fischerei- und Farmerkultur der Mafwe
  • Höhepunkte: "Ein Tag zusammen mit den Mafwe " - 4 Stunden interaktives Programm
  • Setup: Kraal, Mehrere traditionelle Lehmhütten, traditionelle Küche, Busch-Campingplatz, Craftshop
Mafwe Elizabeth

"... Das Mafwe Museum hat 38 permanent angestellte Aktuere und 12 Studenten im Moment. Wir haben verstanden, dass wir unsere traditionalle Kultur teilen müssen und das Lebende Museum ist der richtige Ansatz dafür, weil die Mafwe stolz auf ihre Kultur sind!..."

Elizabeth Madima, Manager des Mafwe Living Museum

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Damara

Das Lebende Museum der Damara bei Twyfelfontein - Rekonstruktion der "verlorenen" Damara Kultur

  • Eröffnung: 2010
  • Kultur: Jäger- und Sammlerkultur der Damara
  • Höhepunkte: "Traditionelles Leben" - 1 Stunde kurzweiliges Programm
  • Setup: Kraal, Mehrere traditionelle Hütten, Apotheke, Schmiede, Craftshop
Damara Hans

"... Das Damara Museum hat 30 Akteure. Wir nennen es "Taotatide" in unserer Sprache, was soviel bedeutet wie "Wir sind stolz auf unsere Kultur". Die Akteure sind glücklich und stolz auf ihre Arbeit. Für die Zukunft planen wir einen Campingplatz und weitere Verbesserungen im Museum..."

Hans-Bernhard, Manager des Damara Living Museum

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LittleHunters

Als einziges Museum bietet das Little Hunter's Museum die Möglichkeit zu einer traditionellen Jagd

  • Eröffnung: 2010
  • Kultur: Jäger- und Sammlerkultur der San
  • Höhepunkte: "3 Tage in der Wildnis" - mehrtägiges, intensives Kennenlern-Programm
  • Setup: Mehrere Grashütten, Campingplatz, Craftshop
Hunters Ksamkxao

"... Wir haben 25 Akteure in unserem Museum. Wenn die Besucher kommen, um unsere Kultur zu sehen und zu verstehen, lernen die Gäste über unsere alten Traditionen, aber auch unsere Kinder, was sehr wichtig für unsere Gemeinschaft ist. ..."

Tsamkxao, Manager des Living Hunter's Museum

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Mbunza

Das Lebende Museum der Mbunza am Samsitu See, das alte Afrika am Okavango rekonstruiert

  • Eröffnung: 2012
  • Kultur: Bantukultur mit Schwerpunkt Fischerei
  • Höhepunkte: "Ein Tag mit den Mbunza" - 4 Stunden Intensiv-Programm
  • Setup: Mehrere traditionelle Hütten im Kraal, Küche, Werkstätten, Schmiede, Craftshop
Mbunza Sebron

"... Unser Lebendes Museum, bei welchem 25 Leute arbeiten, ist eine gute Möglichkeit, den Besuchern den Wert unserer Kultur zu verdeutlichen, woher die Mbunza kommen und wohin sie gehen. Wir sind stolz auf unsere Kultur und auch glücklich etwas über die Besucher aus aller Welt zu lernen..."

Sebron Ruben, Manager des Mbunza Living Museum

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Ovahimba

Das Lebende Museum der Ovahimba nördlich von Opuwo

  • Eröffnung: 2016
  • Kultur: Einzigartige halbnomadische Bantukultur
  • Höhepunkte: 5 Stunden Ganztagsprogramm
  • Setup: Großes Gehöft inklusive Hauptfrauenhütte, Heiliges Feuer, Viehkraal
Ovahimba John

"... Wir haben 32 Akteure in unserem Museum. Wir haben es geschafft, die alte Ovahimbakultur wiederzubeleben. Das Lebende Museum ist sehr erfolgreich und die Akteure profitieren direkt und indirekt, zum Beispiel durch Schmuckverkauf..."

John, Manager des Ovahimba Living Museum

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