Saturday, November 17, 2012

November 17, 2012 - Ngoma

For the last six weeks at the Nordic School, the kids (particularly Grace) have been learning about Tanzanian culture. They have done singing in Kiswahili, dancing, drumming and crafts along with learning about the flag and eating traditional Tanzanian food once a week.  This has been REALLY fun for Grace and yesterday was their final "project" for the topic.  Called "Ngoma" (which means "dance"), it was a celebration of Tanzanian culture and a celebration of our kids!

Parents had to provide kangas (or "cloth") for each child and the school had someone make traditional clothes out of the material (from what I hear the school paid only $1.90 per child!). Below were my kids getting ready for "Ngoma" (bribed with a lollipop to wake up from their naps).

Noah and his friend Helena before the show.
Noah's class was up first.  I'm sorry the video quality is poor - I was sitting in a bad spot to see Noah's face (he is to the right). But you get the idea.  It was very sweet!

Noah and his classmates getting ready.

Then Grace's class performed 4 different songs.  She was so excited and proud.  It was really fun(ny)!

Grace with the Head Master and her classmates getting ready.

First Song (the funniest and the longest recording).

Second Song (kids dance in pairs or trios).

Third Song (Grace's drum "solo").

Fourth Song (the Tanzanian national anthem).

After the show there was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Masai hut that the children all built together over several weeks.  They can play in it for the rest of the year.

And some of the older children who come for after school programs showed us how they can jump like a Masai!
There was a man making sugar cane juice on the spot!
And exhibition of the Masai jewelry that the kids made.

I have to say that this event illustrates the best parts of living here.  First, the kids have a "home" culture and community at their Nordic school where Nordic values and traditions are present for them.  But second, there is so much diversity! From the exposure of living here in Tanzania to all of the different cultural elements they get from having friends who are also half-Nordic and half-something-else (American, Tanzanian, Kenya, Dutch, Finnish, British, South African...)...they are just such open-minded little people.  I could not be happier about that.     

Ngoma ilikuwa furaha! (my attempt at saying: Ngoma was fun!)

1 comment:

Mae Hartwell said...

I love it!! Grace looks so big!!!