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THE BATWA PEOPLE AND CULTURE
Batwa - pigmies are the most ancient inhabitants of the interlacustrine Africa, two hundred years ago they occupied almost three quarters of East and southern Africa. These are believed to have existed for more than half a million years ago in the Kigezi forest and they have always lived there. The initial inversion into the Batwa territory was made by the Bantu speaking farmers who settled in Kigezi some time before the sixteenth century but even then the Batwa have remained original in their lifestyle. These are Ugandans distinguished by their size and lifestyle where by an adult male is 1.5m in height (way shorter than usual Ugandans) and have a pale bronzed complexion. These people live in small egalitarian communities.
According to the survey made in 1996, fewer than 2000 Batwa reside permanently in Uganda, mostly concentrated in Kigezi. Only 2000 years ago however, east and southern Africa was populated almost solely by Batwa and related hunter gatherers, whose lifestyle differed a little from that of our earliest human ancestors. Since then, agriculturists and pastoralist settlers through persecution and mostly, degraded communities living in habitats unsuitable for agriculture or pasture such as rain forest interiors and deserts.
The Batwa temporary live in traditional encampment of flimsy leaf huts set from forest clearing, their life style rotates around hunting where they use poison arrows to hunt down they prey and this is done in groups and its some kind of sport to them. Besides hunting, they are fruit gatherers and semi nomadic by inclination and also gather wild honey.
The Batwa share Bwindi forest with the mountain gorillas (both are natives of Bwindi impenetrable forest) and for this matter they are direct beneficiaries of gorilla trekking activities in Bwindi impenetrable forest so whoever goes gorilla trekking, directly aids the little needy community of Batwa.
We take the pleasure of introducing you to the Batwa community and the detailed story behind their existence.