The Spirit of the Grassland

Posted Feb. 06, 2014, at 1:13 p.m.

Friday, February 7 to Monday, April 14, 2014; 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: The Museum of African Art & Culture, 13 Brown Street, Portland, Maine

Contact: Oscar Mokeme; 2078717188


This exhibit will explore the senses of identity and differences within the magic, the beauty, the power of the ceremonial implements used within the 30 Kingdoms of the grassland of Cameroon. The traditions of the mystic origins, political affiliation and differences with other kingdoms next door in Nigeria.

The effects of the masks, bronze pipes and ancestral images, the role of women, children animals, the plateaux and the luxuriantly wooded extinct volcanoes, also a rich artistic heritage as it divides the forms, survival and stylistic evocations of the expressive spirits in the exhibition.

The exhibition draws from the museum’s extensive collection with additions from a loan from the private collections of Mr. Eric Edward and Mr. Danny Simmons’ African art collections in Brooklyn, New York.