While sitting at breakfast this morning and making plans for the day, I thought I heard Rev. John say something about us spending time in the Congo this morning. Now I was pretty sure he was not intending for us to go to the DRC; which borders the western side of Uganda and is not that far from where we are. It turns out what he had said was a recommendation for us to visit the Igango Cultural Center Museum. Whew!
The center, which has been open since 2010, tells the history of the people in this area from the time the Egyptians first came here and settled. We learned about ancient tools for cooking, weaving, and building, containers for dry goods and liquids and the origins of many cultural practices. Some of the tools are still used today and many of the practices still exist; like the tradition of carrying in calabashes (containers) to a wedding as a present to the bride.
We also learned of the many tribes and kingdoms of Ugandan history.
At the end of the tour, we had a chance to see a traditional hut and experience trying to grind millet into flour using stone on stone.
I am grateful we had the chance to learn more about this area and its people.