NATURAL CULTURAL SITES IN KENYA
Saturday 29 March 2014
Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Dear KMS Member,
Do you know what cultural or sacred sites are? Do you know where they are in Kenya? Do know their value and the challenges facing the kaya forests and other sites as Kenya’s?
All Kenya’s ethnic groups recognized ‘special places’ in their landscapes, places where the normal daily activities of farming, herding or hunting were forbidden or strictly controlled. Such places might be trees, forests, rock outcrops, hills or mountains, and they are often referred to as ‘natural sacred sites’ or ‘natural cultural sites’. Their meanings related to indigenous religions, or locations where ‘first settlement’ by the ancestors of a particular ethnic group occurred, or sites for particular community meetings and rituals.
After the imposition of colonial rule, many cultural sites were destroyed or degraded, but others have survived and are now the focus of conservation efforts by a wide range of stakeholders, from local community members to national and international NGOs and transnational organizations.
To find out the answers to these questions and how cultural forests, rocks and hills can survive in increasingly intensively developed landscapes, you are invited to this intriguing and captivating talk by Dr. Celia Nyamweru, who has been studying Kenya’s natural cultural sites for nearly 20 years, in particular the kaya forests of the Kenya coast.
Refreshments 3.15pm Starts 4:00 pm
Donation: Ksh 400 KMS member
Ksh 500 Guest
Ksh 200 Citizen & Student
Tickets: 0724 255299, 2339158 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mpesa no: 400800, Account no: 6571570019