Urithi Wetu project is organizing a one-day workshop that will be held on 1st September 2018 at Stella Maris Hotel in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. The planned engager workshop is a starting point to document tangible and intangible heritage found in the four villages in Bagamoyo namely Kaole, Kondo, Mlingotini and Mkadini. The workshop will bring together about five heritage stakeholders from each village, four heritage professionals from the University of Dar es Salaam, five recruited MA students, and two government officials—one from the National Museum of Tanzania and another one from the Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. These five heritage stakeholders from each village will include village government leaders, religious leaders, prominent spiritual practitioners and representatives of special groups, e.g. youths, women etc. These participants are highly respected by the community and will help to convey the message of cultural heritage care to the whole community.
Questions for the inquiry at the workshops will include but not limited to meaning of heritage, who owns heritage sites found in each village, why should communities care about heritage, who (in the community) is responsible in preserving heritage and for what purpose? This workshop is considered important because, as the project progresses, workshop participants will: 1) become ambassadors of heritage preservation in their community; 2) help in identifying members of the community to work as local researchers and assist in collecting oral histories and traditions; 3) participate in certain levels of decision making about how the collection of oral histories and video recording of the sensitive spiritual practices be carried out and; 4) assist in interpretation of the collected data. Furthermore, the workshop is important as it will initiate a link among the project implementers, village governments and the local people and groups.