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Author: Sanne Molenaar

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The Ouattara brothers

Jumeaux OuattaraKikashi2017

The enormous drive for maintaining their traditions is probably the most important reason for the Ouattara brothers to make masks. As they were saying, many masks have been sold or stolen and are in museums nowadays, in Europe and the United States, but also in Africa. People are left with copies or reproductions of the masks they used before, as a result of which the meaning and the cultural significance of mask traditions has changed.

Sanne Molenaar on the Ouattara brothers from Burkina Faso
Kikashi, 2017

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