Since April 5, the Quai Branly museum has exhibited nearly 300 Cameroonian works, including 260 treasures kept by notable chiefs and creations by contemporary artists influenced by the ancients. A real journey between the world of the ancestors and that of the living, the exhibition plunges visitors into the heart of Bamileke society – the most populous ethnic group in Cameroon – as well as its traditional know-how, to discover objects still used today.
Cameroon in the spotlight
Cameroon has a remarkable cultural, creative and natural heritage. In the western region, the many traditional chiefdoms – kingdoms representing a community and a well-defined territory – testify to a very rich millennial culture.
Supported by the Route des Chefferies Association (“Chiefdoms’ Road”), the chefs, mayors, private promoters and cultural actors initiated a program of the same name to enhance, preserve and promote the region's heritage. It has worked for fifteen years towards the economic and social development of the Western region, with a network of fourteen museums.
A project funded by AFD
AFD has been supporting the Route des Chefferies program since April 2020 with funding of €2 million over a three-year period. The program is structured around three components:
- Improving the conservation and scenography of heritage sites
- Promoting diversified and attractive tourist activities to the public and establish the means to welcome an international clientele
- Consolidating the governance of the tourism sector in the region and strengthening their capacities
Copyright for all photos: © Léo Delafontaine / Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac