How Museums in West Africa Are Saving Cultural Treasures

"No one knows how many old masks, sculptures and other archaeological finds are traded illegally from West Africa every year. Setting up so-called culture banks in local communities may be a solution", writes Katrin Gänsler from Deutsche Welle. The term "culture bank" essentially describes a village or community museum. Members of the community are encouraged to bring old traditional masks, sculptures and other forms of art to be included in the exhibit.

Cultural banks in West Africa.

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