Damara Living Museum

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TIGGERALA
Alamosa, CO235 contributions
Wonderful Cultural Experience with the Damara Peoples
Jun. 2021
My husband and I visited this living museum to learn about the local communities. It was a great cultural production showing how the Damara people lived, their stories, their tools, and their pride in their culture. As we were the only visitors that day, it was depressing that so much will be lost if tourism does not return to Namibia. These people were so proud to show us their culture and so extremely nice. We loved every minute of our tour, the songs, the dancing, the creation of jewelry, their ability to use tools to make different products, their use of local plants for medicinal purposes. We hope that as tourism returns, that others will have this wonderful experience that we had, learn from their interactions, and tell others how wonderful this living museum is.
Written 29 July 2021
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Lisa M
Wilmington, MA246 contributions
Fun, interesting, and educational!
Jul. 2021
We really enjoyed our visit to Damara Living Museum. This project provides jobs to local villagers, and helps to keep the old Damara traditions alive. We did the 'Traditional village life' program, and learned about blacksmithing, herbal medicine, clothes making, jewelry making, and fire starting, and watched a song and dance performance. It was fascinating to get a small window into how people had managed to thrive in this environment for so long. And interesting to learn that many of the traditional herbal remedies are still used in modern villages -- much as in our family, we try herbal remedies before moving to pharmaceuticals (except that we don't have a personal connection with our herbals). The craft shop at the end of the tour was also outstanding. Highly recommend!
Written 24 July 2021
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Erwin
Antwerp, Belgium3,068 contributions
Interesting
Dec. 2019
Damara Living Museum is a place where you can interactively experience the traditional culture. Together with bushmen, Damara belongs to the oldest nation in Namibia.
You will shown some bush skills, how to put a trap and make spears.
The woman will explain you which plants can be used for medecine, food or perfume.
Some traditional dances will be performed at the end of the tour.
On the way out you can buy local craftsman articles.
Entrance fee 90N$/pax
Written 10 November 2020
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I4005URlaura
Botswana9 contributions
Happy staff
Apr. 2019
Sometimes cultural visits feel like human zoos (as awful as that sounds ) but here the staff are proud to show you their way of life and their culture.. they explain how and why things are done and smile genuinely .
Written 13 March 2020
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Anne N
Kent, UK49 contributions
Excellent cultural experience
Oct. 2019
The Damara living museum is a must place to go to get an understanding of how the Damara people of Namibia used to live. The participants are passionate in keeping their traditions alive and pass on a lot of their native traditions to the younger generations.
Written 11 November 2019
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Wdee2013
Los Angeles, CA638 contributions
Great demos
Oct. 2019 • Couples
Was actually very interesting to go to the various stations within the village, the blacksmith portion the healer, and see ritual dances. Also has a locally crafted goods store.
Written 26 October 2019
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Hshao
Riverside, CA28 contributions
A native village for tourists
Sep. 2019 • Couples
This is an outdoor village set up for the tourists. The villagers come from their regular homes specifically to showcase their culture and traditions. Guides speak perfect English. They do a live tribal dance performance just like in those Africa movies. They have demonstrations as well as a souvenir corner.
Written 1 October 2019
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Outnabout1522
Brisbane, Australia73 contributions
Excellent and authentic
Sep. 2019
What a thoroughly enjoyable experience! The staff were friendly, professional and informative. They were quite open that this was a recreation, not authentic, but it was very well done. We saw the women’s craft making, the fire maker and the medicine hut. Traditional dance was also performed. The groups of tourists were handled very well so that a manageable group was at each station. The handcrafts in the shop at the end are all made onsite with the crafts person’s name. Well done!
Written 23 September 2019
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Paulito1966
Surrey, UK90 contributions
Very well done
Sep. 2019 • Couples
We saw some fascinating things here, how they make fires from wood , how they made weapons , dances .
Written 15 September 2019
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SteFunny_17
128 contributions
A must-see
Jul. 2019
If you want to know more about the culture and life of the local people, then you shouldn't miss this living museum. However, it should be noted that there is a lot of tourists. Sometimes there are large groups arriving at the same time.
Written 27 August 2019
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