The Kingdom of Barotseland
Colour video documentary showing the migration of the King of Barotseland from Mongu to Limulunga during the seasonal floods
The film opens with scenes of agricultural life in Barotseland and shows the daily life of the local Lozi Nation. First they are shown in the water and carrying sacks on their backs, before further sequences show them harvesting maize, cooking, fishing and cattle rearing. An African vet, with his 'modern scientific methods', administers an injection.
The commentator explains that these people 'have plenty to eat and nothing to worry them', but states that they are governed by the river. As the flood season approaches, their cattle move to higher land.
The tribe prepares to migrate during the flood season. First, they `honour their King' with a ritual dance, and then wait for the Chief to instigate the move. The Barotseland King Barge is prepared and then the Royal paddlers, in traditional headdresses, row. The barge is preceded by a minister 'who must clear the way of evil spirits', before all others follow.
They travel on their barges, with all their belongings, including bags, cooking utensils and dogs. The arrival of the King daughter marks the completion of the migration, which is celebrated with further dancing and singing.
Rt Hon Mwangelwa
Clerk of the Executive Council
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