Peoples & Societies


The Bantu-speaking Boma peoples (also called Buma) live in the central savannah region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Their small hunting and farming society, numbering about 25,000, is organized into chiefdoms. Boma artists carve angular wooden figures that provide protection against adverse forces in the universe.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 300.

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