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Phase 1: Accumulation of the sacred reserves of Gourmantche Heritage

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Phases of Project

We are fundraising for this project in three phases. The entire project is estimated to cost $1,000,000 spread amongst the following phases:

  • 1)   Accumulation of the reserve of exhibits of the Gourmantche heritage.
  • 2)   Construction of an exhibition hall and administrative office.
  • 3)   Construction of a crafts center for training and cultural education.

Master Naba at the foot of His Majesty

Master Naba sits at the foot of His Majesty Kupiendieli whose royal motto is
“The reflection of the silver house cannot be ignored”.

Gourmantche tradition is one of the most refined and the most spiritual of the planet. The Gourmantche culture could easily have been confused with all other important spiritual cultures if one did not notice the importance of “the language of the Gods”, meaning “the oracle of the Earth”, in the individual and collective lives of people. “Gourmantche people interrogate the Earth about everything, and they submit to the speech of the Earth,” say ethnologists. This tradition was transmitted to our ancestors a little before the great migration that brought us from the Nile Valley to the southwestern Sahara. From there we dispersed into diverse groups and filled the whole continent of Africa.

- Naba Lamoussa Morodenibig in his book
Philosophy Podium: A Dogon Perspective

Master Naba was a proud member of the Gulmu (or Gourmantche) ethnic group. Their origins found in the Nile Valley civilization and their commitment to preserving the wisdom handed down by their Ancestors was exemplified in the life and works of Master Naba. Though there are many Gulmu people making a name for the culture within the modern territories, most of the Gulmu people until today have preferred to stay in the bush maintaining their traditions and deep spiritual legacy. The current ruler of the Gulmu civilization, His Majesty Kupiendieli is dedicated to unifying and fortifying the culture within these modern times. The current era has seemingly suffocated so many unprepared indigenous cultures around the planet. His majesty is in full support of the mission of The Earth Center and the works of Master Naba; and The Earth Center is proud to contribute to this monumental project of conservation. This project involves the erection of the museum of the Gulmu civilization.

History

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A map of Western Meritah
showing the territory of the Gulmu civilization.

The Gulmu community is one of the 60 communities that compose Burkina Faso and represents about 7% of the population. The Gourmantche people are located in the eastern part of the country and are made up of 5 provinces. These provinces include Gnaga, Gourma, Kommandjoari, Kompienga and Tapoa.

Before the Berlin Conference that kicked off the partition of the African continent, the Gourmantche people were living on 80,000 sq. km of land. Following that partition by such colonial powers as France, Britain and Germany in 1885, the population of the kingdom found itself located in the modern day countries of Ghana,Togo, Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso.
Notwithstanding the distance, the relation between those widespread communities and the central customary power located in Fada ‘N Gourma, Burkina Faso was maintained as well as possible. The Gulmu Kingdom consisted of two dynasties of diverse origins and Diaba Lompo is an essential historic figure, however the kingdom reached its apex around the 18th century under the rulership of the King Yendabri who established Nwngu, actual Fada ‘N Gourma, as his capital. The scission of the Gulmu community conjugated with the influence of the globalization and the new technologies have brought negative influences on the Gulmu people:

  • Lack of communication between Gulmu communities.
  • Lack of exchange and sharing among Gulmu communities (of Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Niger, Ghana...)
  • Failure in cultural education and initiation
  • Culture and tradition losing dynamism (due to a lack of adjustment to the environment)
  • Difficulty in the adaptation of foreign ideologies and technologies
  • Ignorance of issues caused by the use of utilizing foreign technology
  • Acculturation of the youth towards foreign influences
  • The material and non material cultural heritage unrecognized

Project Description

Simadoali

His Majesty Simadoali
(1911 - 1953)

His majesty Kupiendeli in his endless will and proven commitment to unify, develop and promote the cultural and traditional wealth of his people, is taking the initiative along with his ministers and chiefs to construct a museum in the image of the Gulmu civilization that will reflect and retrace the history long preceding European invasion.

At the Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression held in Paris in October, 2005 ratified by Burkina Faso and at many other conventions in the domain of the culture, the focus was strategically put on the development of the pillars of accelerated growth. Burkina Faso can count on that sector of development because it presents a high economic potential that will employ about 1 million people, half of which being women. Currently, Burkina Faso has about fifteen museums and this initiative of His Majesty will come to contribute to that inventory. The overall vision of His Majesty and his dignitaries in this project is to make this museum of Gulmu civilization a cultural heritage in service of cultural identity and development of Gulmu, as well as humanity. Specifically put, the focus will be:

  • Funding the construction of the museum of Gulmu civilization.
  • Identifying and gathering historical cultural objects.
  • In developing and reinforcing the touristic potential in the region
  • Establishing a plan of transmission of knowledge from generation to generation
  • On research of strategic partners (technical experts and investments)
  • The consolidation of the cultural and historic relations between the Gulmu communities split by the colonial borders.

The Benefit

Yaobili

His Majesty Yoabili
(1992 - 2002)

The beneficiaries of this project are people who explicitly and implicitly gain an advantage in the establishment of this endeavor. The museum will firstly and directly benefit the Gulmu communities. It will be a true representation of the will to share values among the present generation and to preserve values for future generations. It will serve not only as a place of meditation but as a symbol of unification. On the individual level it provides a personal identity, and the pride of belonging to the group highlighted within the museum. For the upright people (Burkinabe), committed to their onward march towards cultural diversity, it is an additional cultural capital to promote. Lastly, the project will also benefit the upright of humanity -- those who celebrate cultural diversity and though not a part of the Gulmu communities wish to know and discover them.

The Initial Phase of the Project Will Accomplish:

  • The assessment of potential of the objects of the Chief Royal Palace and related Royal Courts for the museum.
  • Continual meetings to assess the potential of objects of regional departments and the Gulmu Diaspora in preparation for the museum. These meetings will inform and promote the sentiment of ownership of the project among the dignitaries of the culture.
  • The erection of a reserve of 1,000 objects, as well as the collection and storage of these royal objects.

The successful completion of this initial phase is a necessary component. It will stimulate further work including the erection of an exhibition hall and a crafts center.