East Africa 2012

7½ months - with Melanie - Toyota Hiace 4x4 van

Craft and dance

August 14, 2012  —  Rwanda

Here are a few types of crafts and dance that are still being done in Rwanda. Following the genocide of 1994, several techniques and part of the know-how were lost.

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Imigongo art.

The craft done by this lady is called 'Imigongo'. It is a form of painting with cow dung. It is a relief painting made with cow dung which is covered with traditional paint thereafter.

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Imigongo art.
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Crafting on a wheel.

In Gatagara, we visited a centre where craft pottery is being made. We have been able to see all the stages of making an object.

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Removing bad spots.
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The oven.
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Craftsmen.
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Raw material.
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Some completed pottery.
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The oven.
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Another form of interesting craft is the making of objects with pewter. In Huye, it was possible to visit a place where such objects are crafted.

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Raw material.
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Pewter is heated to 232 degrees Celsius.
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A mould.
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Some leftovers.
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Cutting of some objects.
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Welding.
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Items ready for selling.
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Craftsman.
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Dance - Rwanda

At the Volcanoes Park, before going to track the gorilla, tourists can watch a traditional show. Since we slept at the starting point of the gorilla treks, we had the chance to enjoy this show.

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To the rhythm of drums.
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