TOTAL FOOTBALL

TOTAL FOOTBALL

Makumaku is the name of a local ball game played in the Eastern Congo, formerly known as Zaire. Johann Cruyff, who came up with the concept of Total Football during a visit to the area in the late 1960s, was part of a goodwill tour of Africa. During the voyage Cruyff said he became involved in a ball game on a small patch of field on the edges of the forest. Showed to him by a local chief named Bonobo, Cruyff learned that no player ever has a specific position in the game. His or her contribution is based on her or his best skill, and integrated into the ultimate team concept. This way each player and each team is part of a constant cycle combining ultimate collective performance and individual growth.

We agree. There are no small roles, just small people, most of whom can grow better.

Makumaku. Nutritional and delishional storytelling.

Mother’s Milk

Mother’s Milk

Makumaku is derived from the latin expression for mother’s milk. The thing we like most is the word’s duplicitous origin: it’s good for you, and good to you. The way it tastes brings babies to tears, literally for hours on end and nothing, not even Paw Patrol or Babar, will divert that hungry child’s focus. On top of being so good for you, well, the thing that merits that much undivided, tearful attention must be delicious too.

Makumaku. Nutritional and delishional storytelling.

Tree stump

Tree stump

Makumaku is a native Bytownian word that describes a tree’s aerating root system. Roots have many roles we find ourselves connected to and not just because we’re tree-huggers. In addition to helping water absorption, the root acts as an anchor. It’s a place where nutrients are stored, and is at the, well, root of reproduction. So when we close our eyes and think of Makumaku roots, we see stories anchored on solid matter, and tales that grow in all kinds of wonderful direction, remaining connected to a greater core. Yes, a trunk.

Makumaku. Nutritional and delishional storytelling.