Encyclopedia > Kavango

  Article Content


The Kavango-people reside on the Nambian[?] side of the Namibian-Angolan border. They are mainly riverine living people, but about 20% reside in the dry inland. Their livelyhood is based on fishery, livestock-keeping and cropping (mainly perlmillet[?]/mahangu[?]).

Politically they are devided into five kingdoms, each headed by a hompa or fumu. Traditional law is still in use and legitimized by the namibian constitution. The Kavango-people are matrilinear[?].

The most common language spoken is RuKwangali[?] (in Kwangali[?] and Mbunza[?] territory); also spoken are Shambyu[?], Gciriku[?] and Mbukushu[?] in the corresponding territories. At least RuKwangali is a written language.

Their religion is mainly Christian although traditional elements still have a place.

Following the Angolan civil war[?], many Angolans (often referred to as Nyemba[?], which is in fact only one of many Angolan peoples) immigrated to traditional Kavango territory. Also many San/bushmen[?] live amongst the Kavango-people, mainly employed as contract laborours.

External links

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article

... of oxygen atoms during photosynthesis. Light-dependant reaction The first stage of the photosynthetic system is the light-dependant reaction, which converts sola ...

This page was created in 22.5 ms