Arts and Humanities in Cameroon

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Arts and Humanities in Cameroon

Arts and Humanities in Cameroon

Arts and Humanities in Cameroon

 

 

Arts and Humanities in Cameroon

Support for the Arts

Artists are mostly self-supporting, although 7 percent of the national budget was devoted to recreational and cultural activities in 1996 and 1997.

Literature

The Fulani are known for their oral literature, including poetry, history, stories, legends, proverbs, magic formulas, and riddles. Since the colonial period, written literature has had a strong history in the southern areas. Ewondo and Douala authors have contributed masterpieces to modern African literature.

Arts and Humanities in Cameroon / Graphic Arts

Many groups produce pottery, textiles, and sculptures that are used as everyday household objects. Grassfielders (including the Bamiléké and Bamoun) are noted for the blue and white royal display cloth (Ndop cloth), elaborately beaded calabashes, and sculptures that include royal reliquaries. The Bamoun are known for lost-wax bronze sculptures. The graphic arts of pastoral groups such as Fulani and Hausa are largely related to cattle herding.

Arts and Humanities in Cameroon / Performance Arts

Music and dance styles are essential to the celebration of funerals, weddings, and succession to high office.