After decades of oral storage and transmission of their roots, the Tumbuka Heritage Association (TUHERI) under Themba la Mathemba Chikulamayembe of Rumphi has embarked on a documentation project of its artefacts including dances and traditions.
The Association’s National Coordinator, Hubert Mfune, said they are carrying out the project with financial assistance from the Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA FUND and will among other things visit all the traditional leaders in Rumphi in its pilot phase before going to other countries where there are Tumbuka people.
Clay pot, traditional water cooler
“So far the project is on course and now we have almost finalised documenting some of the major activities in preparation for the major open day to be communicated in due course to showcase what we are,” said Mfune.
Commenting on the development, Project Officer, Ephraim Kanyimbo, said so far the project has received overwhelming support from all the stakeholders including the government.
In its initial phase, the project is targeting performing arts like dances, music and crafts. Traditional tools including hoes, hunting tools, fishing tools and many more apart from historical names and places will be showcased in the project.
Reported by Grant Mhango, MBC Online Services.