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Batwa Bambuti

The Batwa are the ancient inhabitant of the tropical rain forests of south western Uganda and these regarded themselves as keepers of the forest. Batwa lived in a harmonious state with these tropical forests gathering plats for medicine, fruits and food.

These people complimented their survival in the forest with small wild game hunting. These hunters and gatherer are known to have lived in the trees and caves of the equatorial rainforests of Africa for over 60,000 years.

With the recent gazetting of the forests their dwelling places to ensure continued protection of mountain gorillas, Batwa peoples’ life has greatly changed since 1992.

The Batwa suffered a lot in exile as they tried to cope up with life that they were not used to. These people were pushed to the forest margins and were exposed to the life that they were never familiar with. Society around them also stigmatized them which greatly affected their wellbeing.

The Batwa used bows and arrows for hunting and most of their life depended on natural resources. Physically they are short than an average person and were used to putting on animal skins. The Batwa gathered wild honey, made Bamboo Cups and a centralized chieftaincy where the famous Garama Cave in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park provides a center for their encounter.

The Batwa are keen dancers and do the jumping and rhythmic stomping which demonstrates passion and energy in their dancing area. They play an African hand harp that is made from wood a thin metal strands present a melodious music play.

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