I recently discovered that I can trace some of my lineage all the way back to Rwanda! I’m so excited and have been researching the history and rich culture and definitely have plans to visit the country. I have fallen in love with the traditional dance, Intore, and now I want to learn! I am careful not to refer to what they are wearing as costumes because I think it is more than that so I say that the traditional dress worn for this sacred occasion is absolutely beautiful. I love the women’s sashes and dresses and the skirts and straps the men wear for this. In this video, the women do a beautiful dance in the beginning (that I want to learn!) that soothes you and then around 6 minutes in, the drums start playing and rouses and excites your soul! I love that women are playing the drums too because I think traditionally, only the men would play the drums. If I have any Rwandan readers, please correct me if I’m wrong.
The video is about 15 minutes long but it’s worth every minute to view this and hear the drums and singing. It did something to me; at one point I started to cry a little even. It’s so heart warming to know more about where my ancestors came from and their culture and all. I feel like a whole new world of myself just opened up to me.
Be prepared to see more posts about Rwanda because it’s very inspiring for me and I want to share the beauty of the culture and people that I am discovering. Rwanda is more than just the genocide back in 1994 and Hotel Rwanda.