The indigenous communities have beautiful m o n u m e n t s that have been neglected for centuries. One such example is Mphungura ruins. The site has some historical relevance engrained in it. If scholars from tertiary institutions and culture-related organisations establish work plans that link such a cultural oasis to the global village, Ndau culture would be upgraded. Mphungura Ruins are very unpopular both locally and abroad. This invisibility from the global cultural terrain may arouse many questions than answers. Is it lack of publicity that has kept such a beautiful place unconnected and uncelebrated?

Is it its deep-rootedness in local belief systems the first-generation researchers never face-lifted but choked in a barrage of negative publicity? Or someone is not willing to carry the burden of demystifying what modern mindsets once demonized. Someone might also be forced to ask if cultural rights are human rights, why indigenous communities’ culture and Heritage centres have been belittled and denigrated and very little effort has been made to resurrect them.

Is it too late for the Indigenes and well-wishers to contest colonial mentalities that still perceive indigenous cultures as ‘others’? For a fair and balanced global village, the big brotherhood image should be shed off and treat every culture equally.

The global village has been culturally undernourished. Researchers have been heavily biased towards modernity and that finally kept indigenous cultures in total eclipse. Traditionally, the local people’s attempt to write about themselves was viewed as being rebellious and could not attract any accolades instead one could be forced into self-censorship to please their colonial masters.

Such cold attitudes the world developed towards indigenous communities and values left such sites like Mphungura dumped and stripped their cultural essence. They have been forced into hibernation that if action to recover and restore its value is delayed, it will suffocate to death. Mphungura Ruins are lying in desolation in the South Eastern parts of Zimbabwe. The monuments are in Chipinge District under Chief Musikavanhu.

The ruins show a long life of endurance to the abusive wildlife and some natural forces if denudation. The wildlife have seized the site and turned it into their recreational centre, that’s negative utility. In fact, if one reflects on how these animals behave, no doubt they have assumed ownership of the most valuable unclaimed blood vein of Ndau culture and Heritage.

The baboons are posing the worst threat to the life of these ruins. Their routine chase and catch games on these walls force the well-shaped granite stones from their original positions and fall onto the ground where they form ‘new landforms’ which are an insult to the original art by the ancient architects. A close inspection can tell the expertise behind shaping such wall stones that manifest an ancient crop of engineers that up to now are deemed uncivilized and unprogressively yet their skills no one can tutor with confidence.

Such sites if the world is to be fair and just to the past should be turned into research centre-nerves that can inspire the current generation with scientific inventions. The ruins are heavily corrupted by trees and climbers. Most walls have experienced turbulent moments and have been shaken and disintegrated. Some roots have become offensive and managed to penetrate the giant walls forcing the brilliant blocks of granite stones off the ground in heaps of rubbles. Close interaction with this unfortunate site can hint that if the world takes long to intervene and help the local Ndau people to restore their pride they would lose it hence their history would be intangible.

This would make the whole community vulnerable for a people without traceable history are exposed and can be tempered with. The gradual falling and burial of Mphungura Ruins shows how reckless even the local communities are. If there is tangible heritage for the Ndau people, Mphungura Ruins add to the list. Mphungura Ruins carry some cultural significance any indigenous monuments engrain. Reclaiming and revitalize its relevance among Ndau people can bring a lot of cultural wealth to a people who have been forced to be strangers in their own homes. Modernity has lured local people from the mighty walls of their culture and Heritage. Education and religion that have been a bit unkind to local knowledge systems had finally alienated the Indigenes from their life blood monuments.

In fact, modern lifestyles and centres of civilisation successfully reset local people’s mindsets to belittle that which defined them. This therefore needs well-defined mindsets to convince the world that such monuments like Mphungura need restoration for if they are shaved to the ground, local history will be very difficult to trace.

The monuments are a testimony that Ndau like any other indigenous groups have mighty prints of history that if someone dares to give a hand to its resurrection, the ancient philosophies and wisdoms that are forced to suffocate there would be rescued and given life. For such monuments to regain value there is need to craft an education system that fights to build balanced mindsets that define life not through big brother lens. A healthy human being must appreciate cultural diversity, that is, one must not fit into the global village by shedding their indigenous values but by their ability to marry modernity and Indigenous virtues.

In fact, the current Zimbabwean education system has made strides in restructuring the learning package. They embrace a school curriculum that empowers the citizens with the values that make them fit for both the local communities and entire world. So the restoration of Mphungura Ruins in any way would reinforce the education system.

For the local Ndau learners education would not be too remote for they would have physical sites to refer to as case study when doing Heritage Studies and Ndau language, the newly introduced subjects. Why Restoring Mphungura Ruins?

• The restoration would boost the traffic of tourists into Chipinge District

• The creative industries would have broader workplace. For example film makers would use the site for their documentaries even musicians and fine artists would develop their art imitating the walls

• Local artists especially dancers would have a platform to exhibit their dances to tourists and paid for their performances

 • Tertiary institutions and research organisations would extend their research boundaries to cover culture, arts and Heritage of the Ndau people which is currently inadequately documented.

• Local schools would have meaningful field research on culture and Heritage. They would cease to be armchair researchers for it would be easier to get to Mphungura.

• International researchers would add value to their works on indigenous communities for the Ndau ethnic group has had little coverage if there has been any.

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