Economic life of the Mbunza
The economic life of the Mbunza and all other Kavango is dominated by fishing, land cultivation and stock farming on a subsistence basis. The traditional fishing methods were, according to oral tradition, introduced with the immigration and can be traced back to the people who once settled in the big lake area in Central Africa. The traditional techniques have been adapted to the conditions of the Okavango area though. The names of fish, water plants, Islands and other terms of the river ecology are much more differentiated than any other aspect of life of the Kavango. The distinction between different kinds of fish traps and fish catching methods are versatile and even kids are able to identify many kinds of fish species. A lot of myths regarding the river exist and the importance of the moon as religious element in connection with the fish is emphasized upon in many rituals, festivities and medicinal dances. Hunting used to play an important role in the past, but is prohibited today throughout the Kavango area. Nevertheless the Kavango are still familiar with the methods of hunting antelope, hippo, crocodile and even elephant. Today the cultivation of land and stockfarming are of much higher importance than hunting.