Today, the Humanitarian trAID Bazaar hosted the premiere showing of traditional art and handicrafts found in the Nso Kingdom and the Northwest Province of Cameroon.

Humanitarian trAID’s goal is to promote indigenous arts, preserve tradition, and build cultural and economic sustainability.

Carvings of traditional warriors in mahogany and eucalyptus, handbags, and home décor from locally grown raffia, elaborate traditional masks, and water vessels decoratively carved from gourd were the most sought after items.

“Sacred Link Jewelry has become well established in Kumbo,” said Briana Douzart, senior staff member, “The October 2007 graduates of the Sacred Link Jewelry training program demonstrated their industry with a wide range of original and traditional designs.”

Himalayan Institute Cameroon’s Director Matthew Douzart addressed the international guests visiting the Institute’s Community Center in Kumbo for the grand opening of the School of Energy Farming:

“Humanitarian trAID is a means for developing economic sustainability for the Kumbo community. You will find in the Humanitarian trAID Bazaar crafts and pieces of art that cannot be found in the market, in Douala (port city), or elsewhere—our team went into the interiors to procure these treasures. The goal of Humanitarian trAID is to make these arts and the stories of their making available to a wider Western audience, not only generating long-lasting economic reward for the artisans, but also providing a meaningful cultural exchange for the world.”