Join three courageous Sisters of the Resurrection as they open a boarding school for girls on the plains of Tanzania, Africa. Each letter shares the hopes and dreams, the triumphs and setbacks, the challenges and rewards of bringing the Light of the Risen Christ to this part of our world. You are reading these letters in real time. You are on the journey with Sister Stephanie, Sister Ewa Maria, and Sister Beata Joseph. Please pray for them as they share their prayer with you. To learn more about the Sisters of the Resurrection, visit them at http://www.resurrectionsisters.org.
Art and Culture in Tanzania
Did you know that Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world? Nevertheless, it is very rich in culture and the arts. Language, painting, sculpture, dance, music, art and poetry have richly contributed to the culture of Tanzania. The girls at Chief Wanzagi School embody this rich culture through their passion for music, dance, art, and creative writing. They love to compose their own songs and choreograph their own dances for the holidays and other special events, such as the blessing of the convent, described in an earlier letter. The girls are so innovative and graceful as they provide original music, dance, poetry, and artistic fabrics with vivid colors and creative patterns.
Art in Tanzania has been a huge part of the culture for many centuries. The ancient Tanzanians painted on pre-historic rocks, creating intricate paintings of animals. Much later they took to sculpting the steep cliffs that overlooked the valleys of Tanzania. Many of contemporary Tanzanian clothes use fabrics with prominent geometric designs, animal skin design, or silhouette patterns. The photos below feature some of the girls in typical Tanzanian fashion.
The girls display the creative patterns that are characteristic of Tanzanian fashion and art.
A student shows off the vibrant colors unique to African dress.
On another note, the girls are now home for summer vacation after completing another school year. They will return in mid-January to begin another school year. This year, with a new class of freshman, we will have all four levels of high school classes. It should be very exciting with a four-year student population!