Intangible heritage

Seperu Folk Dance: associated traditions and practices of the Basubiya community in Botswana's Chobe District
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The Seperu folk dance is performed by the Basubiya community on ceremonial and festive occasions. The male dancer leads a succession of skilled women dancers (in pairs), wearing layered dresses that take the shape of a peacock's tail. A group of vocalists encircles the dancers, singing and clapping throughout the performance. The dance is transmitted orally and through observation. However, enactment is declining due to the advanced age of the participants and reduced transmission to the young.

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Place/country: Botswana,
Series: 2013 inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List/Inscriptions 2013 sur la Liste de sauvegarde urgente
Type: Documentary
Duration: 10 minutes
Credits: Michael Josephs (director),
Published in: 2012

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