National Gallery of Zimbabwe to hosts wildlife exhibition

LionOur wildlife is our cultural heritage. Our heritage is a legacy from our past, a living part of our lives today, and also the stories and places we pass on to future generations.

The National Gallery of Zimbabwe is going to host a wildlife exhibition on July 16.

“Wildlife has come under threat so we need to emphasise the importance of wildlife as our species and campaign to stop poaching and keeping our precious wildlife”, said Raphael Chikukwa, deputy director at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. “It’s also because we need to know the meaning of our totems.”

Since time immemorial, animals have served as harbingers of personality traits we, as humans, all aspire to achieve. This makes animals some of the most powerful symbols in our spiritual toolbox. Animals afford us visions of how our lives could be if we lived more simply and lived with purity of thought and emotion. Therefore, incorporating animal totems into our lives affirms our spiritual goals.Lion

Traditionally, people respected wildlife as their cultural heritage, but nowadays, over-hunting, timber harvesting, bush fires, use of toxic chemicals and other forms of habitat destruction, are pushing a large number of animals, reptiles and bird species to the brink.

Like the other fruits of nature, wildlife was regarded as communal property subject to strict cultural controls, violation of which attracted both earthly and spiritual punishments. Totemism thus became an effective tool of conserving wildlife heritage. Our tradition of Totemism is served moderate and moderate and save our wildlife heritage while unpacking the complexity of personal and communal identity.

Chikukwa said that the concept of using totems demonstrates the close relationship between humans, animals and the lived environment.

He added that animal totems play huge roles in our lives. They aid in self-discovery and capture our imagination, giving us avenues of self-expression and awareness. Additionally, wildlife totems assist in understanding our past, and if we are attentive, our animal totems can reveal glimpses of our future. By focusing on the attributes of our totems, we internalise these traits and thus begin to externalise the very character we absorb from our totems.

Recognition of totems means respect for origins while providing a shared understanding of phenomenon.

The wildlife exhibition is also in line with the Culture Month which was being celebrated in the past month. It is because one cannot talk about culture excluding the issue of totems where most Zimbabweans are identified by their totem and the belief that the chosen creature, contributed in some way in the past to the survival of the clan.

To discover more about the fascinating realm of animal totem, visit the National Gallery of Zimbabwe after the opening of wildlife exhibition.

The works on the show consist of over 20 works of art painted by established and emerging wildlife artist. While many depict the literal interpretation of animals in their natural habitats, several explore a more personal relationship with wildlife using experimental and atmospheric interpretations and commentary on their plight and their regular abuse.

Wildlife exhibition is a very appealing show and is a great opportunity to showcase the abundant talent that the depiction of this subject summary.













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