Shortly after the multi-racial conference on a new constitution for South West Africa (Namibia) adjourned last week, one of the delegates, the leader of the Herero tribe, led his people in one of their annual ceremonies.
GV Tribesmen marching in uniform (4 shots)
CU Kapuuo, watched by tribesmen (2 shots)
CU and MV Kapuuo with other tribal chiefs enter cemetery (2 shots)
GV and CU Grave of previous chief, Hosea Kutako (2 shots)
CU PULL BACK TO GV Tribal leader chanting watched by crowd (2 shots)
GV Tribal chiefs kneeling and chanting
GV Kapuuo leads other tribal chiefs around graveside of Kutako (4 shots)
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Background: Shortly after the multi-racial conference on a new constitution for South West Africa (Namibia) adjourned last week, one of the delegates, the leader of the Herero tribe, led his people in one of their annual ceremonies.
SYNOPSIS: It was the traditional gathering of the tribe at which they pay homage to their dead leaders. The ceremony took place on Sunday (22 August) at Okahandja, 43 miles north of Windhoek, the capital of South West Africa. It is there that the chief ancestors of the Herero are buried.
This year hundreds of tribesmen from northern, eastern and central parts of the country, attended the ceremony led by their present leader, Chief Clemens Kapuuo. He had travelled from Windhoek where the Constitutional Conference had adjourned until after the annual meeting of the National Party of South West Africa.
The leader paid homage at the grave of Chief Hosea Kutako, his predecessor, who died in 1970. Another grave he visited was that of the great leader, Maherero, who died in 1890.
Chief Kapuuo is leader of the Hereros at a crucial time for the whole of the country. Shortly before it adjourned, the Constitutional Conference announced the provisional date of he thirty-first of December 1978 for the territory's full independence from South Africa. However, the South West Africa Peoples' Organisation - SWAPO - rejected the date almost immediately.
But whatever the future holds for the country and its people, the Hereors and their chief will no doubt still be performing their annual tribute to their past leaders many years from now.