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ANCE
Association for Nature and Culture : Ebando

  Stands IN GABON – CENTRAL AFRICA

(ruled by the 12/10/1962 law on NGO)

Roots, Masks and Visions

'L'ANCE' (Asso. for Nature/Culture Ebando) is a Non-Governmental Organisation which aims to give broader access to the fundamental tangible and intangible cultural heritage found in various regions of Central Africa (including forest habitats, savannas, rivers, lakes and lagoons).

Based in Gabon the organisation seeks to encourage the transmission of traditional Knowledge and practices including philosophy and oral traditions, art and crafts; and the healing skills of the Bantu and Pygmy peoples from the Ogooué basin region of Gabon.

Gabon's rich artistic heritage has provided a major influence for famous modern artists such as Braque, Derain, Picasso, Brancusi and Giacometti.

The organization is innovative through its socio-cultural approach. All training and practices are monitored by indigenous skilled specialists. A wide variety of initiation and training is available.



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Daily Activities :

Initiation into Bwiti (Missoko Gondé Dipuma) or Rites including the usage of Sacred Wood IBOGA(Disumba).

ECOTOURISM - Guided forest walks - Discover the marvels of this profound country through specialist walks for tourists. Themes include Ethno botany, Insects, Healing, Ecology and Mysticism.

ON Going to meet the different PYGMEES PEOPLES (BAKA. BaBONGO. BaKOYA).
(see recommendations letters on the ecoguides & ecotourism chapter !)

Ancient practices-including knowledge of plants, rituals and healing.

Gatherings of people involved in the following traditional rites: 'Bwiti' Dissumba, Bwiti Missoko Gondé, Ombwiri, Mboumbi et Mboumba Yanou (4 rites which include the use of indigenous holy plants); and Mvett (Fang-recounting of epics and sagas).

Séances to Conjure up genies and recount tales; and performances by traditional dance troops such as MAMISOBA and guests ( e.g. Moukouya)

Meetings and exchanges with traditional healers and craftsmen, artists, in their natural milieu (Villages and the forest).

Programmes to meet local people and reknowned specialists.

Ecological Assistance to NGOs working in the environmental sector.
Educational visits and workshops with traditional instruments in local primary schools.

Ongoing census of craftsmen and traditional healers in the country.

Objectives :

Association Nature Culture Ebando (ANCE) aims to expand the knowledge of the natural and life-saving cultural resources of indigenous peoples from Central Africa Rainforests.
ANCE has at its roots the desire to help fight against poverty and prejudice, through promoting traditional activities and inter-cultural communication.

It is an NGO for all researchers and visitors to the Republic of Gabon.

ANCE aims to provide a link and a meeting point for people with a passion for African and universal culture.

We would like to initiate cultural exchanges throughout the world, starting initially with Central Africa; and then further field in order to represent and spread the message from the forest and its inhabitants.

ANCE seeks to establish a network of artists, craftsmen, traditional healers, scientists, fieldworkers and highly skilled trainers with a passion for their African traditional way of life, and the well-being of humanity.

Thanks to their traditional milieu and diverse cultural backgrounds, the active members of l'ANCE seek to discover and teach the cultural practices and art forms of traditional forest inhabitants.


   
creation graphique :
Francis Banguet