Image of Njovu
Photographer: Gary Morgan

Njovu

 

The elephant is a representation of the authority and powers of the chief. The chief in a traditional village is both a secular leader and a connector to the world of the ancestors. Njovu can appear at initiation ceremonies, installations of a chief, and funerals. The elephant has a strong link with fertility, and girls at initiation may be required to touch a tusk of the elephant to stimulate their fecundity. The elephant structure is danced with a man in each leg.