Angola: Nomad Khoisan Community Participate in Carnival

Ondjiva — In an unprecedented event, members of the nomad Khoisan community from the locality of Kafima, municipality of Kwanhama, Angola's southern Cunene province, participated in the 2013 edition of the carnival in the region, with a group exclusively of their own.

According to the local director of Culture, Celestino Vicente, this is an innovation in the history of the carnival of the region as it is the first time a group of solely khoisan community members joins the feast in the region.

He said the purpose is to bring in innovations, by joining together other communities to show their cultural values and integrate them into the society.

"Although they are nomad, the community did not want to stand indifferent to the culture of the country, with members expressing satisfaction with their participation in this process," he stated.

In his turn, Cunene governor, António Didalelwa, expressed satisfaction with the first participation of members of the nomad Khoisan community in the carnival as, he added, the feast is a process of social integrationn.

He added that the participation of the Khoisans can influence other ethnic groups like the Vatwa and Muakayona, based in the municipality of Curoca, into joining the coming editions.

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