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Thumbs Up for Zimbabwe Cultural Center Preserving Local Traditions

  • Gibbs Dube

Assistant Professor, Jeanne-Marie Jackson of Johns Hopkins University, USA, learning from a local villager how to weave s basket at Amagugu International Heritage Center. (Photo: Amagugu)

Assistant Professor, Jeanne-Marie Jackson of Johns Hopkins University, USA, learning from a local villager how to weave s basket at Amagugu International Heritage Center. (Photo: Amagugu)

A cultural center established five years ago in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland South province to preserve local traditions is attracting a lot of local and international tourists.

Butholezwe Nyathi of Amagugu International Heritage Center says they are pleased about the large number of people visiting the center, which conducts various activities like basket weaving, traditional food making processes and others.

One of the tourists who recently visited the center, which is designed to represent a local traditional homestead with mud huts, is Jeanne-Marie Jackson, an assistant English professor at Johns Hopkins University in the United States of America.

Tourists being taught how to weave some traditional items at Amagugu International Heritage Center. (Photo: Amagugu)

Tourists being taught how to weave some traditional items at Amagugu International Heritage Center. (Photo: Amagugu)

She says she learnt how to weave a traditional mat, process millet and maize using grinding stones and a pestle and mortar and the general design of a local homestead, including the value of a kitchen.

Assistant Professor Jackson says she loves Zimbabwe and some of its food like isitshwala/sadza or corn meal porridge.

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