• Financial assistance:
    • US$ 90,533 granted in 2015
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 30/06/2016 - 16/06/2017
  • Documents:

Benefitting country(ies): Malawi


The proverbs and folktales of the Nkhonde, Tumbuka and Chewa people of Karonga, Rumphi and Lilongwe Districts embody the knowledge, wisdom and culture in Malawi and function as vehicles for their cultural values. However, transmission of this heritage is gradually weakening. Few members of these communities now transmit proverbs and folktales to their children and transcriptions of this oral heritage are practically non-existent. The objective of the project is to document these proverbs and folktales and in the process contribute to the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Malawi. The project will train six researchers from the Oral Traditions Association of Malawi (OTAMA). The trained researchers will work with and train six young field assistants from the three communities to identify and interview informants, aiming to collect five proverbs and five folktales from each. The researchers will also record the proverbs and folktales on video. They will then transcribe, analyse and translate the material to produce books dedicated to proverbs, folktales and terminologies.

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