The establishment of a typical homestead depicting the way of life of the Korekore people is almost complete and is expected to act as a community tourism project.
The typical Korekore village homestead in the Makonde communal area wasn’t that complex but was designed in a way that made it easier for a passer-by to distinguish which of the buildings was meant for a particular group of family members.
The village that has been established in the Magogi area of Makonde comprises a set of juxtaposed round huts in the form of a kitchen, main bedroom and boys and girls’ apartments.
“Every homestead was supposed to have different housing units for use by different groups of family members and each homestead was supposed to have a granary, cattle pens, goats and fowl runs,” said one of the villagers Mr Washington Shoko.
The buildings are decorated with pictures art and the artefacts tell a story on the particular use of each hut.
For example, an artwork depicting clay pots on a particular hut is a sign that the building is a kitchen hut.
“As u can see this picture is about a man ready to marry and is being introduced to the fiancée’s aunt. This task takes place in the kitchen hence the placing of this art on a kitchen hut,” said another villager Plaxedes chigangawo.
According to a Korekore culture custodian Mrs Maria Nyamhike, visitors who come to a Korekore family homestead should enjoy good hospitality shown by the slaughter of a chicken, hence the requirement that every Korekore homestead should have a functional fowl run.
Upon completion, the village will also have a traditional herbs gallery.