Ovambo

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Ovambo

 

(Ambo), a people living in southern Angola (population, approximately 120,000; 1970, estimate) and northern Namibia (population, 342,500; 1970 census).

The Ovambo are subdivided into the Ondonga, Ukualuthi, Ongandjera, Ukuanyama, Ukuambi, Ombalantu, and other tribes. They speak dialects of the Otjiambo language, which belongs to the Bantu family of languages. The Ovambo have preserved their local traditional beliefs; some are Lutherans. Most Ovambo engage in livestock breeding and hoe cultivation; others are employed on karakul breeding farms, in the mining and fish-canning industries, and in service-oriented occupations.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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There was a general tendency for groups comprised of secondary school girls and university students to be multiethnic, while groups of non-educated women tended to be of the same ethnic group, mostly Ovambos, but also some Nama-Damara speaking.
During those early times, copper mining and smelting had been undertaken by local Ovambos who, it has been speculated, traveled from their traditional homeland in the north to mine the cuprite and chalcocite that cropped out on the surface (Miller, 1980).
Patricia Hayes examines how a drought became an "epiphany," an occasion to gender famine through colonizing Ovambo women's bodies (120).