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A council or meeting of indigenous peoples of southern Africa to discuss an important matter.

[Zulu ín-dàbà, affair, topic for discussion, conference : ín-, n. pref. + -dàbà, affair.]
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1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) anthropol history (among Bantu peoples of southern Africa) a meeting to discuss a serious topic
2. informal South African a matter of concern or for discussion
[C19: from Zulu: topic]
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Noun1.indaba - a council at which indigenous peoples of southern Africa meet to discuss some important question
council - a meeting of people for consultation; "emergency council"
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It was a few days after this last occurrence that Ignosi held his great "indaba," or council, and was formally recognised as king by the "indunas," or head men, of Kukuanaland.
Indabas met daily in the last half of each morning, following both Eucharist and the Bible study.
The ten topics that the bishops considered sequentially in the indabas had a missiological trajectory initially focusing on the nature of God's mission in the wider world and moving to matters more internal to the Anglican Communion.
Days 2 and 3 of the indabas focused on the bishops' participation in God's mission through evangelism and social justice.
As the conversation unfolded it was very clear that for most indabas, there was a high degree of support for the Covenant.
From the rare privilege of having Canterbury Cathedral all to themselves for a three-day retreat, to Bible study sessions that gave them a new understanding about their fellow workers in Christ, to trying to make sense of a new process called indaba, Canadian bishops shared their thoughts about the Lambeth Conference in blogs (Web diaries), e-mailed letters to their dioceses, and in interviews with the Anglican Journal.
There were many criticisms of the primates' meeting as an instrument of unity in the written notes from the indaba groups and I had hoped that they would stay quiet until after the Anglican Consultative Council meeting next May.