AskDefine | Define indaba

Dictionary Definition

indaba n : a council at which indigenous peoples of southern Africa meet to discuss some important question

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Noun

indaba
  1. An important conference held by leaders of the Zulu and Xhosa peoples of South Africa.
  2. A problem, a concern.
  3. The World Scout Indaba is a gathering of Scout Leaders.

Extensive Definition

An indaba is an important conference held by the izinDuna (principal men) of the Zulu and Xhosa peoples of South Africa. Such indabas may include only the izinDuna of a particular community or may be held with representatives of other communities.
The term comes from a Zulu language word, meaning "business" or "matter".

Current usage

The term has found widespread use throughout Southern Africa and often simply means gathering or meeting.
It is also used in the scout movement. The World Scout Indaba is a gathering of Scout Leaders.

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