Size: 30"W x 22"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2016
-Limited Edition Print
-1 of 100
-All prints signed & numbered
This picture depicts the royal crossing of the Lozi people at the height of the annual flooding of the Zambezi River.
The Lozi people have lived with the rise and fall of the Zambezi River for centuries, seeing their villages become waterlogged, then gradually submerged. It's believed they migrated to these flood plains from the Congo basin in the 17th century. Now they must move annually, at the whim of the Zambezi River, and wait for the king's signal.
Once the king gives his signal, the traditional ceremony called the "Kuomboka", which means "to get out of the water", begins. By ancient belief, the people can't leave their flooded villages before their king, for he must lead them to higher ground. The Kuomboka is when the king, his queen, and his people, leave the flooded grasslands.
The elephant represents the king, and for his queen, a graceful crane. The king's barge (in the center of the picture) is heavy, with over a 100 men paddling in stifling humidity. They paddle to the beat of royal drums that can be heard more than 9 miles away. The oldest drum is thought to have been cut from wood in 1816
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