Zeb the Duck Visits Chikumbuso Museum at Makuzi Beach, Malawi

From Makuzi Beach Lodge, Patrick showed us the Chikumbuso Museum and Cultural Center.   We walked from the lodge, down a sandy road, to the Center.

Long sandy road

Long sandy road

Jeb, the dog, walked with us and patiently waited for us to return to Makuzi Beach Lodge.

Jeb waiting for us at the museum and cultural center

Jeb waiting for us at the museum and cultural center

The Museum and Cultural Center is a remembrance for Chief Yakucha, who died in 2008.   Patrick showed us how to play the musical instruments.

Many musical instruments

Many musical instruments

This basket was used in shallow water to catch small fish.

Basket for catching fish

Basket for catching fish

When using the bow and arrow for hunting, the arrow was first dipped in a fast acting poison.

Poison arrows were used

Poison arrows were used

When hit with the arrow, the poison entered the blood and the animal soon staggered and fell, giving the hunter food for his family.   We really liked these elephants.

Love the elephants

Love the elephants

My friend Deborah and Patrick are testing the pipes.

Deborah and Patrick with pipes

Deborah and Patrick with pipes

Don’t they look great, and happy?   Remember I first met Deborah in Cuba, where she tried cigar smoking.   In 1880 Dr. Robert Laws relocated the Livingstonia Mission to a hill overlooking Bandawe Point, in this area.   However, in 1894, the mission location was abandoned and moved to Khondowe on the Rift Valley Escarpment because so many people died of malaria.   We visited the “White Man’s Graveyard” where so many are buried.

National Monument. Missionary Cemetery

National Monument. Missionary Cemetery

This is the grave for Sophia Aitken, from 1896.

Sophia Aitken at rest

Sophia Aitken at rest

With one notable exception, all the graves are from the 1800s.  Mama Jane Jackson,the owner and founder of our Makuze Beach Lodge, tragically died in a paragliding accident in Zimbabwe in 1997.   The much loved lady is buried here.

Grave of Mama Jane Jackson

Grave of Mama Jane Jackson

You can see, there are several graves.

Several graves here

Several graves here

On the road,we met girls and women carrying firewood for cooking.   The ladies carry the wood on their heads.

Looking elegant while carrying wood

Looking elegant while carrying wood

When they walk, they have a wonderful posture and walk so smoothly, they seem glide down the road.  They look and walk so elegantly.   Patrick, our guide, is also an artist.   We bought a painting and a wood carving from Patrick.

Patrick's painting and wood carving. Maybe a tea candle inside carving??

Patrick’s painting and wood carving.   Maybe a tea candle inside carving??

Patrick is here with his cousin, our assistant guide.

Patrick and his cousin with Patrick's art

Patrick and his cousin with Patrick’s art

They were both very nice and very knowledgeable.   They are my new friends.

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2 thoughts on “Zeb the Duck Visits Chikumbuso Museum at Makuzi Beach, Malawi

    • We are having a wonderful time. Patrick and so many artists are very talented, and very humble. They are so nice, friendly and easy to talk with. We enjoyed buying more than we needed, but daughter and grandson helped by taking stuff when we came back to Colorado. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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