The Museums Association of Namibia, in collaboration with the Delegation for the European Union in Namibia and the National Museum of Finland, hereby cordially invite you to the launch of the “Oombale Dhi Ihaka – A Bond That Can Not Be Broken” Mobile Exhibition and Catalogue which feature Ndonga Artifacts in the “Rautanen Collection” at the National Museum of Finland in Helsinki. The exhibition and catalogue will be launched by the Vice President of Namibia, H.E. Nangolo Mbumba, and attended by Her Excellency, Jana Hybaskova, the Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Namibia.
The exhibition is based on photographs of 127 cultural artifacts which were collected by the Finnish missionary, Martti Rautanen “Nakambale’” over a hundred years ago and provide a unique insight into the cultural heritage of the Ondonga kingdom. The section on the historical artifacts has been supplemented by an oral history, recorded in the 1930s, giving an account of the early Aakwaniilwa and important information about the burial sites of some of the early leaders of the kingdom. The exhibition and catalogue also features the story of a fragment of the “Power Stone” of Ondonga which was also discovered in the National Museum of Finland.
The exhibition covers ten panels and is designed as an educational resource that will be available to travel around Namibia. Secondary schools in Ondangwa and Oniipa will be able to book, through MAN, for their learners to visit the exhibition at Northcote School during the week of 27th-31st May and receive a guided tour. Teachers who organise a visit to the exhibition will receive a copy of the 120 page catalogue (which contains a lot more detailed information). Free copies of the catalogue will also be distributed to secondary schools libraries throughout Namibia.
If you should require further information or wish to book a visit to the exhibition please contact Ms Ndapewoshali Ashipala, Museums Association of Namibia, Tel: 061-302230; Email: museums @iway.na
Nehale Senior Econdary School