Don’t forget the Batwa, Visit them
You have heard about the Batwa may be through reading books, journals, magazines among other documents of literature. But who are these “Batwa Pygmies”
Well history has recorded them to be the oldest people of the great lakes region of the central African section.
Short in stature, they occupied the parts of the legendary Mountains of the Moon and depended mostly on the supplies by the Forests which they inhabited. They hunted small game like the porcupine, antelopes and also gathered wild fruits, honey and collected roots from various plants.
The best story tellers of the old age history cannot match their information as their information seem to flow because it was the way of living by their great ancestors used to teach. It is hereditary and they do not only tell it but they try to give particle lessons of how they used to live. Hunting is one of the activities you can participate in and for once you will be a “mutwa” during that experience after which you will be taught how they made fire, herbs which were not only for health but also kept a herb garden for protection.
Up to today, adaptation has been ongoing to try and resettle them in their new home which is about the 250 Acres of land procured for them by Dr. Scott and Carol Kellermann after they were evicted from their predecessors’ land.
Being same nomadic people, calamity has to be expected and they would worship their god “Nyagasana” whom they respected with gifts like honey, fruits and roots like yams. They did sing and dance if the hunting went well and also when the family got a new married couple accepted in the community.
Besides worshiping their god for success in hunting, they also prayed against calamities like drought, infertility, punishment against their enemies, sickness and famine. When death would strike the community it meant bad luck and this would force them to leave for a new place.
There is still s a chance to experience this authentic cultural encounter from the Batwa themselves while on a Batwa pygmies cultural experience.