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Monday, 10 December 2012
Wood Carving in Ukambani...
Nickson M. Mwania
Wood carving started in Ukambani
at a small village called Mwamunyu after the 2nd world war.Nickson M Mwania said that his grandfather Mutisia
Munge was send to Mozambique during the 2nd world war to fight and
it is during the world war two that his grandfather learnt from the indigenous
people of Mozambique how to docarving using
Nickson Mwania said when his
grandfather came back home from world war two,he had already gained the
knowledge and wanted to put it in to practice so his first carving was on a
tree just nearby his house (a face of a human being).
tree still stands to date with the carving work of Mutisia Munge in Ukambani –
Nickson Mwania said the
grandfather was selfish with the knowledge, he did not want to share and
therefore he did his carvings in secrecy, he first build a house but with
stairs from down, and to go in to that house he had to use a ladder which would
be removed by his wife after he entered the house to work and he would call for
the ladder when he is done for the day.
Mutisia kept the knowledge to
himself for a long time; however he decided to share the knowledge with one of
his best friends in the village, later the friend shared with others who were
interested in wood carving. And this is how wood carving spread to other parts
of the country.
Nickson Mwania is still doing
wood carving to date and he said he uses