Africa will never fail to excite your moods, now the art and craft identity was the best way to reveal how tranquil these tourists fell in love with wild beauty. Not to mean that one chose to mask her face with Burchell’s zebra while another chose Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi that was named after the Tring Museum's founder, Walter Rothschild, you can even commonly call this the Ugandan giraffe. These wild animals are among the many game animals that excites tourist moods even though are not part of the big five class which is always a common lookout for most of the tourists while in the wild places of Africa. This tourist safari expression happened in Queen Elizabeth national park and one can wonder why since no any of the animal on the masked faces reside here, it happened after the tourists' past encounters on the previous stays of their 13 days safari to Uganda which included Lake Mburo national park where both animals sit treaming Acacia Hokii. This park's varied habitats allowed them to encounter its population of 68 mammal species including impala which, in Uganda, only lives here,Burchell’s zebra and eland which are found only here and in Kidepo.Other species include warthog, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck and reedbuck. Leopard and hyena are also present while crocodile and over 300 hippos are found in the lake.
The evolution of African art and crafts: With profound evidence we believe that Africa is the cradle land of mankind, African art existed before recorded history some dated back 500 BC for example rock art is centuries old while shell beads fashioned for a necklace have been recovered in the caves. One of the many challenges facing African communities today is how to keep its indigenous spirit of Crafts alive while embracing the current era of Digital and Technology. There are needs to adapt to practices hence serving the communities best and keeping the traditions alive. There is need to examine the principles behind the creation and production of African craft. The colonial periods and current originating communities made no distinctions on African craft and art. In our campaign to encourage active community participation through Eco-tours we believe communities must be active with love for their culture and traditions for their well being. In most parts Globalization and tourism has been the noble cause to fading cultures and rendering the locals quite vulnerable to external threats, we are very much aware as anything from colonization, intermarriages, to modernity and currently the lucrative tourism as a business there must be best practices to guide operations while respecting the values of local cultures to succeed.
African crafts and art as a sign to show affection or love among couples, relatives and family members: Love was and is a great aspect to value and respect, in the African tradition mostly when lovers wanted to show it this way through the offer of gifts, should those parties live in a distant place the means of transport was only walking on foot passing through the jungle. Some time the journey becomes hard and longer due to obstructions like valleys, mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Rocks and man eating beasts. Couples before marriage in the African tradition are very shy and this is taken as assign of respect, to some extent communication between the two is between mediators. The girls will choose someone known to her who will be approaching the boy’s side and the boy will do the same. The communication and interaction will be between their mediators until the day they got married together; this practice was a strong cultural behavior when it comes to avoid sex outside marriage. Even though the modern era is making this irrelevant where boys and girls meet up in schools, places of work and show love some communities still emphasize this practice. To show love the boy or girl would make an African art and craft given to the mediator to take to the fiancé, the rate at which the fiancé will admire the craft basing on the making, coloring, size and uniqueness reveals how much love.
African crafts and art as a communication tool: There was no proper communication like presently; individuals would spend a period of above 10 or 20 years without visiting each other. For such individuals to keep in touch one would make an art or craft and send it to the relative through some one. The receiver would do the same and in that way relatives living in distant places keep in touch. T he one making and choosing the equipment to send does so with care as each carries a certain degree of meaning and the receiver does the same to interpret the meaning as portrayed in the art and craft. To some extent mostly in the younger generation consultation was done to choose which equipment to send or getting the actual meaning as contained in the art and craft.
African crafts and art as Identity: Yeah when we come to this point African art and craft was a unifying factor among the clan members and tribe. It’s possible to allocate your origin basing on the art and craft, members in the communities were able to distinguish members basing on their art works. During marriage ceremonies they would be bring more than one ladies before a gentleman and this is till done in most societies today, the bride will be able to select the bride groom from the group with the aid of art and crafts as she would be decorated differently for the ceremony.
African crafts and art used to show status: Mostly on marital status asthey are done in relation to gender, there are some which are only done by females like weaving Mats and making beads where males do more of curving, making home facilities like Motor, stools and drums as a traditional musical instrument.
African crafts and art seen as a form of Wealth: The family that makes and owns more crafts was considered to be rich, it was replaced by having more food stores, land, children and livestock but currently the capital inflow is the factor to consider. Men preferred marrying women who would make nice looking art and crafts and vice versa to look very rich. Some crafts are for kings and some are for the servants, next time you are buying the craft try asking its origin and meaning.
African crafts and art as a discipline tool: To some extent there are some crafts which children were not supposed to touch or own, when those crafts are in place meaning children will go away and give room to elders to discuss. To some time it controls children to do bad and other members of the community believing they will be cursed. In chiefdoms there are special crafts and arts used to show or describe scenarios, there are those when put on the entry gate to the kingdom means that day nobody will enter to go to the king except servants and family members etc.Do you want to contribute or lean more?Instinct safaris is astronger promoter of wildlife conservation, local people's capacity building and value the preservation of their cultures. We opened up our responsible and informed eco-tourism campaign in 2011 and now hold a centre to encourage active community participation in south western Uganda Rubuguri town council. Next time on your visit tothe region,feel free to stop and interact with the locals learning more on the Nyandwi indigenous cultural trail we launched for tourists. The place has an art and craft gallery and Batwa museum, there is alocal hand roasted coffee cafe at Rubuguri Hot pot offering home grown and grounded Agandi coffee cup.