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Title:Indigenous Peoples and Their Cultural Survival in Uganda: The Legacy of Educational Dependence
Author:Akankwasa, R.R.
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
educational policy
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
Education and Oral Traditions
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
indigenous peoples
Cultural values
Batwa (African people)
Abstract:Under the march of colonialism, the spread of foreign ideas and the relentless pace of development and modernization, indigenous groups have seen their traditional cultures eroded and their land holdings confiscated or signed away as part of the economic coercion to which they have been subjected. This legacy has helped make indigenous peoples some of the most disadvantaged groups on earth. Among the most marginalized minorities in Uganda are the Batwa, also known as 'Pygmies'. Originally forest dwellers, the three thousand Batwa in Uganda have been dispossessed of their land by the combined pressures of government departments responsible for conservation and cultivators - notably the Bakiga (Kiga) and Bafumbira. It is when matters of wildlife are being discussed that the existence of the Batwa and other marginalized indigenous peoples even feature in debate. Either they are being reprimanded for the death of an animal or another group has grazed cattle in the national park - not that the debate is concerned with the well-being of the people. This article explores the influence colonial and postcolonial educational dependency has had on the Batwa and the Karamojong - another group of nomadic indigenous people in eastern Uganda - and their cultures. Key concepts are defined first. Then the article proceeds to explain how educational dependency has influenced and continues to influence the development of indigenous peoples and their cultures. Notes, ref.