International Year of Deserts and Desertification 2006
The United Nations declared 2006 to be the International Year of Deserts and Desertification in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. The year celebrates and urges the protection of the unique ecosystems and cultural diversity of deserts across the world, but also highlights the need for measures against desertification as a threat to global sustainable development.
This exhibition explores the cultural diversity of some of the small but resilient communities living on communal lands in the arid and semi-arid environments of Namaqualand and southern Namibia in the 20th and early 21st centuries. Photographs and artefacts, such as clothing and domestic utensils, illustrate the roles played by communal stock-farming, Christian missions and women in maintaining cultural continuity across generations.
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