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Title:Do we need museums in the Western Grassfields?
Author:Fubah, Mathias Alibafi
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Geographic term:Cameroon
conservation of cultural heritage
Abstract:This article was provoked by the recent creation of two state of the art modern museums in the western Grassfields of Cameroon, the Mankon museum, located at the fon's palace, and the Babungo museum, also located at the Babungo fon's palace. The museums were part of an initiative by an Italian NGO to establish five museums in some regions of Cameroon. Public reaction after the completion of the project has left everyone wondering if the new museums are actually what the fondoms wanted or, better still, a solution to the problem of the protection and enhancement of the artistic and cultural heritage of the fondoms. This paper presents findings from a survey conducted in the museums in 2005 and 2006, and during intermittent visits in 2009, 2010 and 2012. The purpose of the study was to determine the attitudes of the Grassfields population towards the new museums, in an attempt to guide other fondoms in the region as they work out details of a similar museum. The findings reveal that the museums are needed in the Grassfields, regardless of the fact that they are seen as a threat to secret objects. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]