West Cameroon - festive traditional dress
|Women dancing in celebration, wearing matching "kabas"|
|The neighborhood chief |
speaking to the community
Among the Bamileke from the region called the Grasslands by the German colonialists, there are many (related) languages. Thus the language spoken in Bamendjou is only barely understood by our Mafeu's own spouse, who is from the Dschang area. I understood nothing at all on the first day; however, I could sense the joy and pride during the Mafeu's neighborhood community celebration.
On the second day, the Bamendjou traditional chief, in this title since over 60 years, spoke in French as he acknowledged the fact that there
|The Mafeu with to her left, the Bamendjou Chief.|
Beyond the wonderful traditional architecture, I was fascinated by the array of colorful outfits worn by both men and women. Below an assortment...
|The Bamendjou Chief's personal assistant|
|At the Bamendjou Museum|
|Indigo outfit - including the bracelets.|
|One of the older members of the female royal group|
|Indigo and beads outfit|
|Even during a traditional event, |
we still need to keep in touch!
|The kaba, originally brought by Christian |
missionaries to Douala, is now worn all over Cameroon.
|The "Prince consort"... Bernard Ntopa|
|Bamendjou queens with a guest, in front of the palace.|