The economic power of the Watusis, expressed in their wealth in cattle and as warriors, enabled them to maintain themselves in power through the use of force before the arrival of the Belgian colonialists.
This idea of power sharing was not very palatable to the Watusis elite who saw self-rule as an attack on its own hegemony.
Unable to sidetrack the United Nations' authority, the Belgian imperial state was forced to grant limited independence with the hope that the Watusis monarchy would be a stabilizing force in post-independent Rwanda-Burundi.
During 1962 and 1963, Bahutus vigilante groups slaughtered twenty five thousand Watusis.
Laplanders and Fijians, Patagonians and Watusis
are able to see Schnabel, Salle, Chia and Cucchi, Basilitz and Kiefer, in fact or in effigy, and hence the models to be followed as a condition of entry into the circuits of contemporary art-making and showing.