Museums should be more imaginative: MAN

25 May 2016 09:30am
KEETMANSHOOP, 25 MAY (NAMPA) – The chairperson of the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) says Namibian institutions of heritage should be more imaginative and representative of local culture.
Aaron Nambadi also called on local communities to take pride in their history and to participate in processes that will raise the historic profiles of such communities.
“Museums are places of memory but regrettably our exhibition design has remained largely unchanged with new ones often drawing on overseas expertise,” he said during the Nama Pride Exhibition which opened at the Keetmanshoop Museum last Thursday.
The exhibition is permanent.
He added that with financial assistance from the Finnish Embassy in Windhoek, his association was able to update cultural profile exhibitions of various communities in the country.
MAN created the Nama exhibition as well as the Onandjokwe Medical Museum in the Oshikoto Region.
The association plans to launch the Kavango Liberation Exhibition in Rundu next week, together with the release of a book on the liberation struggle of Namibia.
Nambadi urged young people to be interested in their histories and to appreciate where they come from.
“If you view the exhibitions and learn where our people come from, you will be grateful of what you learn,” he said.
Referring to museums as places that connect people to their pasts, Nambadi said full ownership from communities will ensure that cultural history is authentic and appreciated.
At the same occasion, //Kharas Region Governor Lucia Basson advised native southerners to preserve the Nama language.
“We have to speak our language in our homes to keep it alive for our children and their children,” she said.
Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa added that cultural attire, cuisine and medicine could be developed further for economic benefits.
Meanwhile, a bronze statue of the Nama founder of Keetmanshoop, Hendrik Tseib, can also be viewed in the Keetmanshoop Central Park where it was erected last Thursday.