The Konso Museum, a museum not to be missed!
If you travel to the southern part of Ethiopia, do not miss to visit the Konso museum.
Created in partnership with France in 2009, to protect and honor the wooden funeral statues of the Konso people, the Waka, this museum is full of fascinating explanations about this incredible people, its culture, its villages and its way of life.
In 1996, 200 waka intended for sale on the black market of art were seized by Ethiopian Customs. Local authorities then asked the question of the future of these works, which reflect the culture and religious beliefs of the small Konso ethnic group in south-western Ethiopia.
The ambassador of France in Ethiopia at the time, Stéphane Gompertz, admirer of Konso culture, then had the idea of a museum.
Result of a cooperation between the administrative authorities of Konso, the French Embassy in Ethiopia, the French Center for Ethiopian Studies (CFEE) but also the musée du quai Branly and UNESCO, the museum was inaugurated on December 18, 2009.
It is a must before visiting the Konso villages in the region.