Action Plan for the Safeguarding of the Makishi Masquerade in Zambia

  • Budget (US$): 90,592
  • Source: Japan
  • Dates: 10-2006/12-2009

Benefitting country(ies): Zambia


As part of initiation, boys leave their communities to live in a bush camp where they are taught practical skills as well as knowledge about nature, religion and social values. For their reintegration into the community, they perform the Makishi masquerade involving beautifully painted masks that represent different spiritual characters.

The safeguarding project seeks to:

  • support the process of intergenerational and peer transmission of skills to younger generations, and
  • promote awareness of the importance of safeguarding the Makishi Masquerade and the Mukanda among the Luvale community and among the Vaka Chinyama Cha Mukwamayi cultural grouping.

The activities include: