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Masks from West Africa

In this workshop, we will talk about the ritual meaning of masks in Africa, that of representing a natural force or, as in the case of the tchokwe mask, to honor femininity and female ancestors.

The rooster and the frog

This activity aims to introduce children to the rich oral traditions of the people of Yoruba and Hausa, now established in Cameroon.

Throughout history, masks have played important roles in religious beliefs and institutional practices, many other Chokwe masks have come to be used primarily for entertainment. Itinerant actors wearing these masks travel from village to village, living on gifts received at performances. Most masks are carved from wood. The most popular and best-known entertainment masks are “Chihongo”, Spirit of Wealth, and “Pwo”, his consort.

What are we doing there?

  • During this artistic workshop, each participant will create a miniature cardboard mask, inspired by the colours and shapes with which these people illustrate various forces of nature.
  • The participant will also listen to a traditional African tale called “The Rooster and the Frog”.
Skills Developed
Knowledge enrichment
Creativity and art

Artistic activities that raise awareness of cultural diversity.

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