“Weather modification is the act of intentionally manipulating or altering the weather. The most common form of weather modification is cloud seeding, which increases rain or snow, usually for the purpose of increasing the local water supply to farmers. Weather modification can also have the goal of preventing damaging weather, such as hail, from occurring, or of provoking damaging weather against an enemy, as a tactic of military or economic warfare. We now need Indigenous skills to modify our climate.”
—Baluku Kabukonera, Nyakeya Village, Kasese
This project deals with the restoration of traditional weather modification rituals to help communities bring rain to their communities.
Uganda has been experiencing severe droughts and other impacts of colonization and climate change. The traditional Rain Seekers who would normally be consulted in these situations, together with the ancient spiritual ceremonies and rituals they conduct, are no longer being recognized. The youth no longer have access or connection to this spiritual wisdom.
To rectify these problems, this project will bring traditional Rain Seekers together with 100 youth in Kasese, Uganda, to engage in weather modification ceremonies and rituals, using Indigenous knowledge to address and reverse the impacts of climate change on this region. The youth will also plant trees, monitor and evaluate the changes in climate as they relate to the ceremonies and rituals, and record radio clips about their endeavors.
The long-range vision of this project is to revive traditional weather practices, improve agricultural conditions, reduce poverty, and create entrepreneurship opportunities in agriculture for Ugandan youth.