BATWA PEOPLE OF BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
The Batwa people according to anthropologists over 60,000 years ago are the indigenous forest people which lived in harmony with mountain gorillas. The Batwa people are believed to be among the first inhabitants of the earth.
The Batwa people are the original inhabitants of the Great Lakes of East Africa, Batwa Survived hunting bush meat, gathering edible fruits from the forest surrounds. Batwa hunting was done by the use of poison-tipped arrows, Batwa’s homes were made from durable sticks, plants, leaves, and vines.
The Batwa indigenous people were the initial hunters, gatherers that were forced to live in their natural home since Bwindi impenetrable forest was declared a national park to protect mountain gorillas and not the human element.
The Batwa people share 98% of their DNA with mountain gorillas that is why they never hunted them at any point as well as humans, the presence of the Batwa in Bwindi impenetrable increased the chance of primates getting infected with diseases from human to primates. In 1991 the Batwa were forcibly removed and given conservation refugee status.
The Batwa people were unprepared for such kind of change because they were used to the jungle lifestyle and how to thrive in that environment. Although the Batwa lifestyle has managed to survive better. Recently, the Batwa people conserve their culture alive and bring in income through displays of gathering honey, hunting, doing traditional dances, and weaving baskets for tourists.
In addition to your mountain gorilla and chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda, Devine African Safaris highly recommend for you to know the hidden story behind the Batwa.