A story of Batwa traditions

SWP field trip Kisoro Uganda - 037



This is Francis Sembagare, the leader of the Birara Batwa Dancers who we met on our first day in Kisoro, Uganda.   In this photo, Francis is telling stories of the Batwa people and their culture and heritage in a song called ‘Inanga yabatwa’.

During the song, the leader gathers the community together and tells stories of the old Batwa traditions before they had to move from their forest homes – the hunt in the forest and the celebrations and meal following the hunt.  In this way the children learn about what it is to be Batwa and so will never forget the traditions and way of life of the ancestors.

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