In the northeastern corner of Namibia lives the Caprivian tribe, popularly known as the Lozi people. The males of the Caprivi region wear vividly colored shirts and headdresses, while women wear long skirts and head scarves. Caprivian belongs to the Bantu language family, which is well-recognized for its intricate grammar.
Caprivians and Lozis, who are mostly located in Zambia, have the same cultural heritage and historical trajectory. The Lozi people, led by King Lewanika, came to the Caprivi Strip in the nineteenth century and set up a kingdom there. The music, dancing, and storytelling of the Caprivian people are integral parts of their culture. Basket weaving and ceramics are two of the many traditional arts practiced by the Caprivian people.
Poverty, prejudice, and political exclusion are ongoing problems for the Caprivian population. Unemployment and poverty are particularly severe in the Caprivi Strip, making it one of Namibia’s poorest areas. There have been instances of human rights violations committed against the Caprivian people, who are also subject to prejudice from other ethnic groups. Politically, the Caprivian people have been sidelined as well, with very few Caprivians occupying positions of authority in the government of Namibia.