Baule Tribe Walking Stick ~65.7" Tall (New 2024) - West African Artifacts

African Angel ArtsSKU: AA02858

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Dimensions: H:65.7" W:3.1" L:3.1" Weight: 2.4 lbs.

Baule Tribe Walking Stick

These walking sticks are often imbued with symbolic meaning, representing authority, wisdom, and status within Baule society. They are typically owned by elders, chiefs, or individuals of high social standing. They play a role in various rituals, ceremonies, and communal gatherings. They may be used by elders to support themselves during important events or as part of traditional performances. Baule artisans craft wooden walking sticks from locally sourced wood using traditional carving techniques. These sticks may be embellished with intricate carvings, symbolic motifs, and decorative elements, showcasing the skill and craftsmanship of the maker.

About the Tribe

Baule or Baoule people are found in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) between the Comoé and Bandama rivers. The Baule belong to the Akan peoples and one of the largest groups in Côte d'Ivoire who historically migrated from Ghana. They played a central role in twentieth-century history of the country. They waged the longest war of resistance to French colonization of any West African people, and maintained their traditional objects and beliefs longer than many groups in such constant contact with European administrators, traders, and missionaries.

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