African Origins has been trading online since 2007. We are constantly on the look out for interesting objects to add to our collection. Where possible, we will specify the provenance of important individual tribal objects. The Chewa people are matriarchal Bantu-speaking ethnic group living Central, East and Southern Africa. They are found in Malawi (where they are predominant), Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The Chewa are closely related to people in surrounding regions such as the Tumbuka and Nsenga. They are historically also related to the Bemba, with whom they share a similar origin in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As with the Nsenga and Tumbuka, a considerable part of Chewa territory came under the influence of the Ngoni, who were of Zulu or Natal/Transvaal origin.
An alternative name, often used interchangeably with Chewa, is Nyanja. Their language is called Chichewa. Internationally, the Chewa are mainly known for their masks and their secret societies, called Nyau, as well as their agricultural techniques. The item "Chiwa Nyau society Mask, Malawi, Southern African Tribal Art" is in sale since Friday, August 10, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectables\Cultural, Religious\African".The seller is "joburger63" and is located in Mallacoota. This item can be shipped worldwide.