Traditional Culture & Performing Arts Initiative

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Photo Gallery of MaKuYa Festivals 
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MaKuYa Projects

The name MaKuYa is derived from three principal tribes of the Mtwara region of southeastern Tanzania.  Inspired by the traditional culture to be found in the region, and the desire to preserve it before it is lost ADEA has launched two initiatives:

The MaKuYa Traditional Performing Arts Festival has brought together hundreds of performers and cultural artifacts since 2008 to celebrate the great diversity traditional dance in the region. [click for more details]

The MaKuYa Cultural Documentation Project - Interviewing and recording the stories of the Makonde & Makua elders related to a broad spectrum of traditional village: family, children, marriage, death, justice, superstitions, rituals, food, music, dance, governance, rights of passage, and more.

MaKuYa - opportunity & urgency

Few regions of Africa have been untouched by the outside world, even fewer have populations still living that can remember life with minimal foreign influences, but Mtwara, Tanzania is one such place. The reason for this might be explained by the late development of the region because of the German and Portuguese desire to maintain a “buffer zone” between their colonial holdings, and thus avoided development along there shared, Ruvuma River, boarder. Or it was the inhospitable climate, malaria and poor farming conditions that discouraged the long-term settlement of Europeans. Or possibly, the mythical fierceness of the Makonde people who were believed to be cannibals. 

Whatever the reasons, Mtwara’s late development has left it with a rich reservoir of empirical knowledge of a “purer” African life and traditional culture in the minds of its elders. Some of these elders are old enough to remember life prior to woven textiles, corn and matches.  There are countless stories on how life was lived and perceived; unique, not just from tribe to tribe, but village to village. Their perceptions on birth, death, marriage, pregnancy, courtship, superstitions, and the power of witchcraft provide an intriguing and ethnologically important alternative perception of life. Also, practices related to medicines, food, illness, dance, music, storytelling, and justice have shaped their unique identity. 

Tragically, every day that this information remains undocumented, is a day closer to it being lost forever as the generations pass away.   It is because of this that the leadership of ADEA/MaKuYa began this work, and is seeking funds to conduct extensive interviews to document the past traditional life of Mtwara though recording, photography, and video, with the vision of a publication or production of a documentary.  ADEA holds a unique and trusted relations with the villagers of Mtwara through its launching of the annual MaKuYa Traditional Life and Culture Festival in 2008, and meetings held with elders since 2006.

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