- On October 17, 2019
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Iby’Iwacu Culture in Rwanda
Iby’Iwacu Culture in Rwanda
Iby’Iwacu village is located near Parc National des Volcans in Nyabigoma approximately 20 minutes drive from Musanze district in Northern Province have a visit to Iby’Iwacu to share with local people home and heritage treasures including lifestyles, activities, artifacts and ways of living of local people. Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village is committed at showcasing the ways of living, traditional lifestyles and dances to tourists. Iby’Iwacu cultural village is one of the prime factors that make Rwanda safaris memorable rewarding experiences and gives you a rare chance to meet local people in their natural environment. Visiting Iby’Iwacu village gives you a great taste of culture and traditions with their local home state of Iby’Iwacu village where you can discover the traditional house of a local king, watch an authentic medicine man prepare herbal mixtures, try your hand at bow and arrow shooting or enjoy cultural dances and drumming performed by people from the local area.
Visitors are allowed to participate in the day to day activities of a Rwandan traditional in order to get the real touch of being a true Rwandan. Activities like cultivation of crops, millet grinding using local grinding stones, and preparation of the traditional dishes like Ubugari and Igikoma while being helped by local women, will definitely give you a sense of belonging into this rustic community. The village displays a traditional lifestyle of a Rwandan including dress code, food growing, processing and preparation, traditional ceremonies and interpersonal relationship with in the community. A visit to this community will leave you in awe of how Africa and Rwanda in particular is sumptuously endowed culture wise.
Participating in different types of traditional dances like Intore dance and famous songs of the gorillas sang by the famous Ngayabatema while listening to the melody produced by traditional musical instruments including African drums. They can always teach you how to dance a few styles like the Intore dances, learn about the Agakenke drumming styles and many more others. There are some popular songs they call the songs of the gorillas and you can learn about them too.
Visit the Batwa community
The Batwa community is the indigenous people of most the forested areas around the volcanoes and you can visit their families to learn all you need to know about them. While they were originally gatherers, they are adopting modern means of living and so have started different income generating activities like pottery making, get engaged in pottery making sessions when you will go visit the Batwa people. Besides pottery, you can get involved in the everyday work if you wish to know better and you can certain to have a wonderful time.
There are so many other activities that you can engage in like visiting the different local schools or check out the women when they are making their craft piece ore even join them in the kitchen while they are making lunch and then later share that meal with them. You can participate in food preparation process which may include millet grinding with just stones, you may help carry the food from the garden and water from the wells on your heads and then later enter the local kitchen to start cooking with firewood.
Cultural tours is very amazing with directly interact with different people if you are to have different amazing cultural experiences from different people of different cultures. Getting involved in their daily activities is the best way you can ever get to understand people’s cultures and ways of livelihood. Agricultural tourism is also an activity because in some case, the tourists join the local people in their garden when they go planting, weeding or harvesting and in this case, they learn how it is done. This is the only way to understand and learn about a country than interacting with its people. Tourists will also be taken on mock hunting expeditions and join farmers in planting or harvesting. They are also taught how to make the famous local banana beer and take some away as gifts. The Iby’Iwacu cultural village is very unique for its openness and contribution to preserving authentic Rwandan culture. The village is also known for helping solve the poacher’s problem that the area faced years ago.
After a fantastic and memorable gorilla trek in Rwanda, the Iby’Iwacu cultural village is the best place to hide, relax and you recuperate your mind. The tranquility and hospitality of the locals is mesmerizing as your presence will be of great pleasure to the community members who will share with you and showcase the details of their past