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Title:Conserving and sustaining culture through traditional dress
Authors:Disele, Potlako L.P.ISNI
Tyler, David J.ISNI
Power, E.J.
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:conservation of cultural heritage
national identity
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
Ethnic costume
Cultural property--Protection
Abstract:Through its National Policy on Culture (2001) and the National Ecotourism Strategy (2002) the government of Botswana is committed to preserving the cultural heritage of the country. This article examines traditional Tswana dress in the context of the conservation of cultural heritage. As part of a people's material culture, traditional dress expresses cultural values and social relationships. The intimate link between people and their traditional dress lies at the core of ethnic identity. Traditional dress also has acquired great significance among tourists who collect symbolic items. Data collected through interviews with key informants and focus-group discussions revealed how Tswana perceive their cultural artefacts, including traditional dress. The paper argues that there is a need to restore traditional dress in the country, which could serve as a symbol of national identity. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]