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Distant Fronts, In Cameroon; Escort of the lamido of Rey Bouba, ... 191 Creator: Unknown

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Distant Fronts, In Cameroon; Escort of the lamido of Rey Bouba, ... 191 Creator: Unknown

Distant Fronts, In Cameroon; Escort of the lamido of Rey Bouba, the greatest black king of Cameroon, who came to greet Colonel Brisset; shield bearers and men-at-arms wearing authentic traditional dresss, 1917. From "L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919, Volume 2" [L'Illustration, Paris, 1924]

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Cameroon Escort Lalbum De La Guerre Lillustration Mounted Shield Tribal Tribe


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Distant Fronts, In Cameroon: A Historic Encounter Between Colonial Power and Traditional African Authority This evocative photograph captures an intriguing moment in the annals of Cameroonian history during the First World War. The image, titled 'Distant Fronts, In Cameroon; Escort of the lamido of Rey Bouba, the greatest black king of Cameroon, who came to greet Colonel Brisset; shield bearers and men-at-arms wearing authentic traditional dresses', was published in 'L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919, Volume 2' by L'Illustration, Paris, in 1924. The photograph portrays a grand procession of the lamido of Rey Bouba, the traditional ruler of the Rey Bouba tribe in Cameroon, and his retinue, who have come to pay their respects to Colonel Brisset, a French colonial officer. The lamido, resplendent in his traditional regalia, is flanked by his shield bearers and men-at-arms, all dressed in their authentic tribal attire. The scene is a testament to the intersection of colonial power and traditional African authority during this period. The photograph provides a fascinating glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Cameroon during the early 20th century. The lamido's regal bearing and the meticulously crafted traditional costumes of his entourage offer a striking contrast to the uniformed French colonial soldiers in the background. The image also underscores the complexities of colonialism and its impact on indigenous societies, as the lamido and his people navigated the challenges of adapting to the changing political landscape while preserving their cultural identity. The photograph is a valuable historical record of a pivotal moment in Cameroonian history and a testament to the enduring power of traditional African authority in the face of colonialism.

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