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Eastern Uganda and its approach to indigenous knowledge in climate change

In a remote region of Uganda lies a region referred to as the Teso Sub-region. Home to some of Uganda's oldest elders, the region houses multiple villages that still maintain traditional and often unrecognizable practices. Some of these practices tackle the problem of climate change in the region. In a scholarly article published by Anthony Egeru, I learned that these practices have helped the villagers of this region cope with the mild and sometimes increasing temperatures. Such practices included rain-dances which were thought to communicate with "the ancestors" in bringing rain. Typically these celebrations would bring together the village in a massive dinner. During this dinner, one child would be selected to serve food. This practice is seen as good luck and an honor to the elders of the village. In addition to the rain-dances, villagers typically use their notable practices to cultivate crops and provide stock for the months to come every year. When asked how important indigenous knowledge is, over 82% of the village's population agreed that it was essential to maintaining crops, and the continuing of practices and spirituality. So why is this important and relevant? In essence, the practices that the villagers have been using take on a completely different approach to tradition. In fact, the indigenous knowledge is essential to the continuation of tradition throughout the village. More surprisingly, the writers of this article believe that the knowledge contained within these villages is so essential that it could contribute to future innovation in the production of technology. In conclusion, I believe that this article full demonstrates a need for the understanding of the easter villages in the great country of Uganda. Our understanding of their practices and many practices around the world could better assist us in revolutionizing our practices and further involvement in the climate change of the world. These villagers have much to offer in a world that is ever-more changing.

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