KuNgoni Centre of Culture and Art By Cubbon, Alexandra
Founded in 1976 by Canadian White Father Claude Boucher, a Christian missionary, the KuNgoni Centre of Culture and Art is a non-profit organisation located in central Malawi. The centre, originally established to teach local artists new carving techniques, lies in close proximity to the Mua Mission, the oldest station of the Missionaries of Africa (the White Fathers) in Malawi, and its resources and exhibitions explore the cultures of three tribes of the Mua region: Chewa, Ngoni, and Yao. In particular, the KuNgoni Centre houses artifacts and oral histories of Gule Wamkulu, a secret society of the Chewa, who perform the gule wamizimu, or ‘dance of the spirits’. UNESCO named the gule wamizimu a ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ in 2005.