TALES FROM THE MUSEUM

On a good day, the museum is a place of wonder and sheer pleasure. On a bad day, it can be a source of sadness and anger at the wrongs of the past. But on this particular day, it was a childhood memory running wild with excitement and a somewhat distorted imagination. That child who last visited the Uganda National Museum was back; 20 years later.

A light chat with the receptionists revealed that the museum has seen a steady decline in the number of visitors received. He urged me to take as many pictures and hopefully get others like myself to visit the museum. I told him I would. And considering it was a good day at the museum, I got ten (10) perfect shots, here goes:

  1. The Ford Model T 1925

Once a symbol of class and luxury, this old Ford is the single most remembered item by most of us who visited the museum as kids. Considering it’s the only one of Its kind left, it’s worth the hype.

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Care to drive ?

  1. The strange boat next to the Ford car

I don’t know its story but it sure caught my eye. They should consider attaching a write-up on it.

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Strange boat, but also, check out that convertible

  1. Ethnic diversity in Uganda

Truth be told, I took this picture because I found the term “peopling” amusing. But, anyway, the peopling of Uganda are classified into several ethnic groups with diverse cultures. We celebrate this diversity flamboyantly through weddings, funerals, initiation ceremonies and other cultural celebrations.

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  1. Dancing head dresses

In Uganda, we love to dance and party. And gladly, traditional dances are not forgotten, and are performed at almost every traditional marriage ceremony. It is a part of our culture we have held to and I hope we’ll never lose. Seeing my traditional head dress made me feel like a little champ; it’s called identity people!

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Make your pick!

  1. Traditional fabric

Bark cloth is what we relied on for most of our clothing in the past. I guess it was for those who felt leaves were insufficient, haha! Today, although we have embraced modern fabrics, we still reserve bark cloth for special occasions to add a bit of “mystery”!

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Bark cloth can be kept plain or dyed

  1. The reed entrance

Reeds were used as construction material for the traditional houses (huts), tombs and the fences surrounding each homesteads. It was quite popular in Buganda kingdom located in the Central Uganda.

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The reed entrance along side other artifacts

  1. The Pokot hut

The Pokot are a nomadic pastoral tribe located in North-Eastern Uganda and are one of the few pastoral tribes left in the country. In the recent past, their nomadic lifestyle has slowed down due to land pressures and climate change, forcing them to build houses and settle in homesteads.

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Pokot hut used for milk processing

  1. Walumbe – Stone Age Uganda

If you attended an “authentic” Ugandan primary school, then you will know this guy – Walumbe. His name means death and he gave most of us sleepless nights after we first heard his story. He still makes some of us cower in fear at the feel of a tremor or earth quake. Hahahaha, folk tales!

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A depiction of Walumbe on the far right

  1. The Olympics display

This is an interesting addition at the museum that resonates deeply with my love for sports, especially athletics. In childhood, I was quite the sprinter, and the Olympics games were quite the thrill. Here, I relived some of the greatest sports women and men Uganda has produced. This is a must see!

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Moments of triumph

  1. The canon in the compound

It’s just a stray canon, again, with no storyline attached to it. Guess they left that to our imagination, not a bad plan, because it lured me to take a pic!

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Lone canon

The weekend will be back soon. Make it a point to go check out the Uganda Museum with your kids and re-live your childhood like I did. It just might spark your creativity to go create your own story like Igongo Cultural Center and Ndere Cultural Center.

“For God and My country”

Cheers!

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