Birth of a Mukiga

This is the second in a series of texts on Bakiga traditions that we will be posting every Wednesday; they all come from our award-winning Gorilla Highlands Interactive eBook. Traditionally, pregnancy and birth was surrounded by numerous taboos and rituals that had to be followed to ensure the infant’s survival. No special preparations were made for the birth, which could…

Among the Bakiga Hygiene Was Not a Major Issue

This article opens a series of texts on Bakiga traditions that we will be posting every Wednesday; they all come from our award-winning Gorilla Highlands Interactive eBook. Today’s photography was done by Marcus Westberg with Festo Karwemera in his Bakiga museum. The outer boundary of the Bakiga household compound was made up of a palisade of poles and sticks to…

Why Do We Always Need Muzungu Help?

The Guardian, one of the leading global news sources, published a photo gallery about our home this week. It shows British rowers Richard and Peter Chambers, winners of an Olympic medal in 2012, carrying 20 litre jerrycans up the slopes of Lake Bunyonyi hills. Minus a rather unneccessary and vague mention that girls collecting water…

Secrets of Bakiga Marriage

It is very easy to get a girl but it takes a long time to marry her. In the beginning you give her your phone contact and Facebook account. You don’t talk much on the phone because airtime is expensive. You might use Facebook Zero (free Facebook messaging on your phone) to chat with her…

Canoeing Experts Eliminate the Mzungu Corkscrew

Your holiday on Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Chahafi, Lake Kayumbu, Lake Murehe or Lake Mutanda will be missing something if you don’t enter a canoe… Dugout canoeing is not as easy as it looks before you try it, nor as hard as it feels the first time you attempt it – watch the video tutorial above…

Sacred and Cursed Tree

The tree called ekiko in Rukiga is usually known as flame tree but also red-hot poker tree or lucky bean tree in English. Its Latin name is Erythrina abyssinica. This tree is indigenous to the Gorilla Highlands and found in various other parts of the world, up to 2,000m above sea level. It grows to…