Like the Lughbara, the Iteso of eastern Uganda eat cassava bread.
I relied on interviews, narratives and observation in the territories of eight selected ethnic identities of Uganda, namely the Acholi, Iteso, Bagisu, Baganda, Bahima, Bakiga, Lugbara and the Jonam.
I studied the Acholi with respect to Kwon Kal (Millet bread), The Iteso (Atap), the Baganda (Matooke), The Bahima (milk and its products), the Bagisu (Malewa), The Basoga (Sweet Potatoes), the Bakiga (Obushera), the Lugbara (Inya) and the Alur (Angara).
Certainly one of the first and most continuous aspects of Iteso society that impressed us during the two years of our fieldwork was the importance (for the Iteso) of the sharing of food and drink.
The Iteso are Plain Nilotic people who are close relatives of the Karimojong.
The Acholi, Langi, Lugbara, Madi, Kakwa, Alur, Karimojong and Iteso
are some of the major ethic groups in the north.
Carlos Moreno Jaimes, Chief of the Social, Political, and Judicial Studies Department for ITESO
Another northerner, Obote was a Langa who, like the Iteso
, have a homeland adjacent to Acholiland.
That same month, a local anti-GMO crusade was given a boost when Etem Iteso
, a popular pressure group, walked to parliament with a 400-page petition complete with 20,000 signatures demanding a total ban of GMOs in the country.
To overcome these cross-border divisions created in the area as they threaten further fragmentation of communities and groups, we tapped into professor Nabudere's wisdom and created a situation in which we encouraged cross-border cultural-linguistic communities to regroup as much as possible into 'clusters'--for instance, linking the Bamasaba with the Samia and Babukusu or the Sabiny with the Sabaoti and Pokots or the Iteso with the Karamojongs and so forth, so that they would become strong nations capable of defending and voicing their local interests and concerns globally.
Particularly, in this endeavour, for cross-border communities to undertake this transformation, ASC selected four members (two female and two males) in April 2012 from each cross-border community in both Uganda and Kenya (they included: Bukusu, Samia, Sabaot, Sebei, Benet, Iteso, Bamasaba, Pokot and the Karamajong) to undergo a one month intensive 'Cultural Animation Training Programme' at the Marcus Garvey Pan Afrikan Institute/University in Mbale, Uganda wherein course participants (animators) underwent a process of self conscientisation through restorative cultural learning and in unlearning paradigms and cultural memory methodologies.
Perspectivas y acercamientos desde la practica, Mexico: ITESO