A film showing absolutely unique images of the paintings and engravings at two of the four rock art sites of Tchitundu-Hulu in the Namibe province of south-western Angola. The complex is located in the Mocamedes desert, the furthermost northern extension of the Namib Desert. Much of central Angola constitues a high plateau, surrounded by arid coastal plains in the south forming the northern extension of the Namib Desert that extends south down the western coast forming the hinterland of Namibia to the north-western coast of South Africa. The two sites stand about a kilometer apart, the former, set on an inselberg, a rounded granite hill covered in ancient geometric engravings thought to be the work of the Ovatwa hunter gatherer communities that inhabited this region until after the 1960s, with an overhang or shelter with drawings on its roof and the latter is composed of a smaller shelter with two cavities.
The two sites contain a large number of star-like motifs and abstract designs, and a smaller number of animal-like designs and one or two possible anthromorphic designs, expressing essential elements of the thought and belief system of the Ovatwa peoples of the time. The carvings and paintings are superimposed, one layer upon another, indicating permanent human presence and rock carving tradition at the site. The carvings have been dated back to 2600 years to the Late Stone Age.
Today the region is occupied by Ovakuvale and Ovahimba cattle farmers, and other Otjiherero language speaking communities. It is located near Virei in the Iona National Park that runs onto the Kunene River border between Namibia and Angola.
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