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Living history of the Lozis project

Mission statement and objectives
The Living history of the Lozis project sets out to investigate as fully as possible the history of the land and peoples of the Upper Zambezi Valley. Much of this vibrant history has perhaps never been previously uncovered or set down for various reasons. In the context of the twenty-first century, the objectives of such a project are important to relate.

1. To obtain and record the social history of the Lozi peoples recognizing that this 'history' a large degree of perceptual imaginations of what has led us to the present linking geographical spaces not only in Zambia, where the heartland of the Lozi kingdom has historically been located, but also in Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe and the wider Lozi diaspora across the world.

2. To trace that history back to its roots, very often in myths and legends, through the use of oral as well as documented history by consulting secondary work and primary resources and people's own recollections of past events in their own time and those handed down by their parents, ancestors, historians and story tellers.

3. To analyse and interpret that history in order to define and explain the sense of identity and citizenship experienced by Lozis in mulitilocal places, recognising that these have become spatially hybridised in contemporary society as a result of differential colonial experiences.

4. To make the social history of the Lozis accessible, most especially to the Lozi people, in an intelligible form so that Lozi people can take possession of their history and heritage and use as a tool to negotiate their place in the world and that of others. Several levels of sharing are envisaged, academic papers, theses and dissertations, books and in children's' stories. The use of online platforms such as is crucial in this task of sharing, the online aspect of which must focus on non-profit accessibility.

5. To actively assist in the enhancement of the Nayuma Museum and Resource Centre in Limulunga, Barotseland by the acquirement of documents, books, papers, maps and artefacts relevant to the history and culture of the Lozi peoples.

Whilst doing everything possible to provide a transparent portal into the past, asks that its readers allow for possible inaccuracy of the text and images contained on these pages. Every assertion and interpretation can and probably should be contested and can only reflect partial truths. This especially applies to narrative concerning the period preceding written records. As with all historicity, what is written must be taken into context of the writers' backgrounds and disposition and the data and information available.

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