Moto Moto Museum

Mbala, Zambia
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Moto Moto Museum
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Tel: +260977684614

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Mbala
Zambia

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HomepageThe Moto Moto Museum was officially opened to the Public in 1974. The History of Moto Moto Museum dates back to the 1950s when a French Canadian Catholic Priest Jean Jacques Corbeil of the White Fathers began collecting cultural artifacts in the Northern part of Northern Rhodesia (Now Zambia). Father Corbeil came to Zambia as a missionary under the White Fathers in 1943. Other than missionary work, Father Corbeil was interested in African Culture and Environment. Over the years he collected cultural and Natural Artifacts among the villages of Northern Zambia and later figurines along the Zambia Congo Boarder on the Copperbelt.

It has a large and diverse collection, much of which details the cultural life and history of the Bemba people. Items on display here include old Bemba drums, traditional musical instruments and an array of smoking paraphernalia. Particularly noteworthy is an exhibition detailing how young Bemba women were traditionally initiated into adulthood. It includes a life-size, walk-in example of an initiation hut, and small articles on the wall explain the initiation process.

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