The MaKuYa Museum immerged from our annual MaKuYa Cultural Festival where one aspect of the festival was dedicated to a cultural learning center. Our ever expanding museum provides a year round opportunity for local and international visitors to better understand the rich cultural heritage of the tribal communities in the Mtwara region. We house a large collection of artifacts as well as well as stories about their uses and cultural significance.
The MaKuYa Traditional Culture Museum and Learning Center is a place to discover the rich heritage of the tribal communities of the Mtwara region (primarily the Makonde, Makua and Yao tribes), and engage in learning activities related to things which can impact their current lives.
Our cultural collection is honoring local heritage with its artifacts and stories. Our efforts are brining pride and dignity to a population, whose heritage and traditional ways were undervalued by colonizing powers, and shamed and discourage during 1960s and 1970s socialist years when Tanzanians were pressured to believe that modernization and “new ways” was the key to strong development.
Our current “Kuijua Jiografia” (Knowing Geography) activities is pairing local knowledge and passion for world Football/Soccer with maps of the world as we follow the matches leading up to the June 2018 World Cup matches in Russia.