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Kabandana Louis and Nkusi Faustin have different reasons to explain why elders and youths no longer share stories, histories, and proverbs. Yet they also discover both sides might be much more willing to talk than they thought. They discuss the growing equality for women and how important it is to remember the past even if new ways might be better. Kabandana Louis talks of female soldiers, folklore fears, and the impact technology has on Rwandese oral culture.

"I have sent you to go and tell others too. Come to us, we are ready to give you explanations of everything you want to know about the history of your country. I am assuring you that after this generation, it will be hard to get to old people like me! History is dying! Be an ambassador and tell others to come, we will be glad to share with you all we know!" Kabandana Louis

"We no longer have such opportunities of talking to our parents like we are doing now. Parents have become so busy that they can’t get even a little time for their children, unlike long ago where you could sit around the fireplace and tell your children stories. You have lived in both generations, what advice can you give to parents and Rwandese in general?" Nkusi Faustin

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SEPTEMBER 2014 - Archival Science 14 (Nos. 3-4, 2014): 275-306. Available here

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