Social Work Practice in Randa: Drumming and Weaving for Healing

  • Hadidja Nyiransekuye Metropolitan State College of Denver


The aftermath of the Rwandan tragedy in 1994 has seen a widespread cultural revival that responds to the need for the community to come together for shared pain and shared healing. The author examines how two groups of women took advantage of this renewed interest in cultural practices, as an innovative yet traditional approach to social work practice in Rwanda, by creating and fostering a free-flowing narrative that uses drumming (ngoma) and the weaving place (urubohero). These served, not only as a means of social support or working together to produce goods and services for everyday use, but also—and especially—as a way of healing. "He who cannot stand, cannot dance. " Rwandan proverb
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