The Living Museum of the Damara

The Living Museum of the Damara

Twyfelfontein, Namibia
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The Living Museum of the Damara is situated approximately 10km north of the famous Twyfelfontein rock engravings site directly at the D2612.

The unique experience of historic Damara culture, together with the Bushmen the Damara belong to the oldest nations in Namibia. Their original culture was a mixture of an archaic hunter-gatherer culture and herders of cattle, goats and sheep. Due to their loose social structures the Damara were not able to defend themselves against aggressors during the colonization of Namibia. This is one of the reasons why their culture has to a great extent fallen into oblivion. Within the framework of the Living Museum of the Damara an attempt was made to reconstruct the 'lost culture’ of the Damara.

Here the visitors have the unique opportunity to get to know the fascinating traditional culture of the Damara, thus contributing to the preservation of the culture, as well as to a regular income for the Damara community that built the museum.

Activities available at and around the museum includes traditional life in the village - experience the daily routine in our traditional museum, our traditional blacksmith (making of weapons and tools), tanning of leather (production of traditional clothes), jewellery and crafts, dancing, singing and traditional games, Holy Fire & fire making and much more. Follow us on a bush walk where the women collect plants from the bush for food, perfume and medicine and where the men show you how to set up traps, snares and how they used to hunt in the old times.

The Living Museum of the Damara close to Twyfelfontein is the first traditional Damara project in Namibia and the only one of its kind. The possibility to experience the traditional Damara culture in this form exists nowhere else in Namibia or in the world.

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