‘’I appreciate the tremendous research that was carried out to produce such an invaluable piece of historic documentation. People of our times and the generations yet to come will greatly benefit from the facts and figures contained in this book ‘’
His Royal Majesty Ronald Muwenda Muebi II, the Kabaka of Buganda Kingdom
“When animals were becoming scarce, kabaka Kintu, with the general consent of is people, made the rule that certain kinds of animals should be taboo to certain families… thus those particular species of animals… were a better chance of multiplying… and these became their totems”
Jon Roscoe, The Baganda, (1911)
This book documents, in rich detail, the historic background to Bugand’s totemic symbolism. Here are the symbols, illustrated with passionate intensity, that have, for centuries, been familiar to every Muganda person as part of her or his given cultural identity.
Jonathan Kingdon-zoologist, science Author and Artist
“I hope the book encourages the young people of Uganda, and their parents, to preserve their totemic traditions and the associated natural species with renewed vigilance… Young people everywhere may also wish to adopt a totem and preserve it with the same passion”
Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, UN Ambassador of peace
“The neglect or destruction of the culture of any group is a loss to mankind as a whole”.
UNESCO Mexico City Declaration on Culture Policies, 1982.
‘This unique book of totems is full of inspiring words and stunning images- and will hopefully touch and influence millions about conservation in Uganda and beyond its borders’.
David Shepherd, CBE- Artist and Conservationist.