Conserving Etosha's Cultural Heritage
The Xoms |Omis Project (Etosha Heritage Project) is currently run by the Legal Assistance Centre in Windhoek, Namibia.
The Xoms |Omis Project was established for the dual purpose of improving the livelihoods among the Hai||om whilst simultaneously seeking to ensure the preservation and promotion of Etosha’s unique cultural heritage
Its primary objectives are:
- To research, maintain, protect and promote the cultural and environmental heritage of the Etosha National Park and its surrounding area.
- To provide capacity-building programmes based on this heritage for Hai||om individuals with a genuine interest in the cultural and environmental heritage of the park.
- To design, support and implement sustainable livelihood projects for all communities with strong historical associations with the Etosha National Park based on the cultural heritage of the Etosha area.
The documentation of Hai||om cultural heritage in Etosha National Park began in 1999 as a small collaborative project involving researchers from the University of Cologne, the University of Cambridge and a group of Hai||om elders determined to ensure that their cultural history did not die with them. The process became later formalised into to the Xoms |Omis Project (Etosha Heritage Project), which is currently hosted by the Legal Assistance Centre in Windhoek, Namibia and coordinated by Dr. Ute Dieckmann.