:: THE DOCUMENTATION
Culture and HIV / AIDS
The conference participants spent one afternoon at Kinukamori Waterfalls learning about the environment of Mt. Kilimanjaro - the home of the Chagga tribe, about their history and culture. Baba Mzee Wilbert from Marangu lectured first on the ecology of the region. Later on, he focussed on Chagga traditional norms, beliefs, values and moralities, in the contemporary context of HIV/AIDS. By narrating both serious and amusing Chagga stories he shared his knowledge about tradition and sexuality, the relationship between the generations, male and female, in a very personal and entertaining way. Together with this, all conference attendees had the chance to visit the “Hall of Chagga Culture” or “Temple of Cultures” (actually daily!), a nearby walkway gallery, with sculptures by the local artist Lawi Moshi about Chagga folklore, mythology, history, past and present concerns.
Kinukamori and “The Hall of Chagga Culture” became the very basis of THE CHAGGA MIRROR, a collaboration of Alpha P. Moshi, Lawi Moshi, Silvia Chai and MAAA. Here you are welcome to look deeper into the Chagga world - an attempted synthesis of nature and art in process.