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This archive is for posts made about my second trip to Namibia. On this trip, I went as part of an independent team (i.e., funded by ourselves, driven by our own interests) to learn more about the witchcraft culture in Namibia, with the specific interest in discovering how this affects people with dementia, whether caused by Alzheimer's or other diseases, and other mental health problems. We gathered footage for a documentary film on the topic, "The African Witchfinder," due out in 2017. 

 

Witchcraft and Dementia in Namibia

Ndjinaa, a story of survival. Namibia.

 

This post was originally made for subscribers to the SKJ Travel Newsletter, as I have given extensive background information on this trip in my newsletters. I've added it to my archive now, and it contains a summary of our activities and our findings during the trip.

 

 

The African Hair Salon

Himba women perfecting a hairstyle. Namibia.

 

 

A lighthearted post about my interest in and amusement with hair salons I see along the roadsides in Africa, plus some photos of the elaborate Himba women's hairstyles. 

 

 

 The Peace in Human Touch: Portraits in Namibia

 

Two emotional scenes of human compassion expressed through the simple act of touch.

 

 

 You Could Be the Next Witch - A Namibian Culture of Fear and Jealousy 

Josephine, sister to Kangungu. Kake Village, Kavango East, Namibia.

 

Villagers in Kake village get carried away with accusations of witchcraft in a modern-day Salem witch hunt.  

 

 

 

 Fear and Distrust - An Argument for Witchcraft as a Primary Economic Inhibitor in Africa

Chief Petrus. Okahandja, Namibia.

 

 

Meet Chief Petrus, beloved father of an artisan community in Okahandja. His run-in with bewitchment demonstrates how the witchcraft culture may be a leading factor in Africa's economic underdevelopment. 

 

 

Twenty Years in Chains - A Triumph of Compassion Over Cruelty

Ndjinaa about to be freed from chains.

 

The story of Ndjinaa -- chained to a pole by her brother and bewitched with his demons. A testament to the power of compassion to break chains of both superstition and metal.

 

 

Roadside Views of Northern Namibia: Snapshots from the Berrie Bus

Rondeval, Namibia.

 

A look at traditional houses and a variety of establishments typically found along the roadsides in northern Namibia. Pictures I took from our vehicle while traveling.

 

Faces of Northern Namibia - Part 1

 

A collection of photos depicting the people of northern Namibia in portrait and captured moments.

 

 

 

Faces of Northern Namibia - Part 2

Himba girl, Namibia.

 

 

Continuing a collection of photos depicting the people of northern Namibia in portrait and captured moments.

 

  

Faces of Northern Namibia - Part 3

 

 Third and final installment in my portrait collection from northern Namibia.

 

 

Desert Landscape and Darling Animals: Things to See in Namibia

 

A round-up of time spent doing other activities than interviewing people about witchcraft and dementia ... wildlife, desert landscape and more homes.

 

In Tuesday Tales:

 Tuesday Tale, "A Challenge to a Duel ... Himba-Style"

stick fighting, Namibia

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Tale, "Bridging Dementia:  Lessons in Dignity"

dancing with Alzheimer's patients 

Tuesday Tale, Filming for "The African Witchfinder"

 

 

 

 

 Tuesday Tale, "Should We Cross the River?"

Read articles from my first trip to Namibia

 

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Uganda All posts

 

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South Africa All posts

 

 - includes Lesotho

 

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Botswana

 

Namibia

 

Namibia II Witchcraft

 

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-- MIDDLE EAST --


Tunisia


Iran  All posts


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ANTARCTICA 

 

 

ARGENTINA

 


-- EUROPE --

 

Central Europe


- Czech Rep.


- Poland


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Catalonia, Spain

 

Andorra / France

 

Iceland

 

 


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China I

 

China II

 

 


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Ixtapa, Mexico

 

Maui, Hawaii

 

Puerto Rico

 

Keepers of the Wild

 

Maine

 

Colorado

 

Utah

 

California

 

 


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