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Rwanda has a prolific pattern system, based of both wickerwork and mural painting. All the patterns have a meaning.
Shield for the Kicukiro Distict in Kigali.
Rwandan traditional shields
Rwanda is an African country, located in the Great Lakes region.
As one of the oldest constitued country in Africa, with a centralized monarchy dating from XVth century, the country has a prolific cultural heritage.
Rwanda adopted a new administrative divion in 2006. The country is now divided in provinces – intara , districts – akarere ,sectors – imirenge and cells -akagari.
Rwanda Heraldry Project links this new land organization to bold and local symbols. To create a coherent process that can be apply to reveal the strong cultural background of rwanda and the aim of the country to look forward and to develop.
Rwandan Heraldry Project develops an identity for the Republic of Rwanda, its administrative divisions but also its people. The project is not a tabula rasa, it takes its roots in the actual seal of the Republic of Rwanda and its rich traditional iconography. In 2006, Rwanda adopted a new administrative division. The country is now divided in provinces – intara, districts – akagere, sectors – imirenge and cells – agakare. The aim is to unify the communication at all the administrative scale and give a clear identity to the country. An identity rooted in its rich cultural history, yet contemporary
The first step was to create a consistent iconography based on traditional patterns (weaving and mural paintings), but also graphic representations of each component of Rwanda. Then, to use this iconography to reveal the local history of each place through toponymy or historical research. Like Kinyarwanda, each shield plays with symbols and patterns to allow a diverse but consistent armorial.
The result links the land organisation to bold and local symbols. It creates a coherent process that can be applied all over the country to reveal the strong cultural background of Rwanda and the aim of the country to look forward and to develop without loosing its soul.
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Check out the process of creating the animation Duduvision which was created by the Africa United animators.
This is what they have got to say:
“It was very clear to us from the beginning that to understand the mind of a Rwandan kid, especially one like Dudu, we had to go and hang out with Rwandan kids!
In late January 2010, five of us travelled from freezing cold London to Byumba, in the far north of Rwanda to immerse ourselves as much as possible in the culture, sights and sounds of Rwandan life.
For 4 days, we worked with a group of about 30 children at a centre for child-headed households. We wanted to get a real taste of the kids’ imaginations and see what they thought all the worlds that we wanted to create for Duduvision should look like.
We had a few things that we really wanted to get their opinion on – what the Cacoochie was for example. So it was really good fun getting them to imagine what a monster that lived in a lake might actually look like. Some of the kids had never been to a lake before so some of the best images we got were really unexpected! We ended up leaving Byumba with hundreds of amazing, colourful images.
The thing that really grabbed us whilst we were in Rwanda was the way that everyone recycles and recycles. From things in their homes to things in the street, there’s nothing that isn’t used and re-used. We realised that this was the perfect way to portray Duduvision – it is exactly what Dudu does, from condom footballs to recycling phrases and sayings from the TV.
We spent the next week or so trawling through markets and taking photos of anything and everything we came across that everything in Duduvision was made from things that Dudu would recognise and associate with. It made perfect sense that the worlds we created recycled things from Rwanda- It just wouldn’t be right heading off to the shops and building worlds out of pre-existing models.
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The Rwandan Genocide was the 1994 mass killing of hundreds of thousands of Rwanda’s Tutsis and Hutu political moderates by Hutus under the Hutu Power ideology. Over the course of approximately 100 days, from the assassination of JuvÃ©nal Habyarimana on 6 April through mid-July, at least 500,000 people were killed. Found via current.com migs.concordia