Management of the Upper East Regional Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) has advocated an indigenous northern home to be built close to the museum to showcase a true traditional home of the people of the region.
Ms Prisca Na’ambome Yenzie, Regional Director of GMMB in the Bolgatanga Municipality who spoke in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said even though the museum had a miniature of such structures in its gallery, an actual structure would portray significant parts of a traditional home and should provide a new experience, and teach visitors to the museum to have a real sense of a local home.
“The local thatched mud roofs in a traditional home, rooms made especially for the oldest woman in the house called “bonyanga” built with only a small door and an opening in the top, is very unique”, the Director stressed.
She said; “visitors could have real practical life experience in this traditional home, while students can learn the gurune language. We realize that some of them have lost touch with names of some local artefacts in the traditional homes, which really cannot be named in the English Language”.
Ms Yenzie noted that many families were adopting the use of bricks and cement blocks to construct their homes and expressed fear that the local structures would extinct and the youth would lose sight of some important historical facts.
She added that with growing encroachment on government lands, the presence of the indigenous home structure near the museum would protect the land space and help children to continuously be in touch with the gurune language and history.
She appealed to government to support the Board to live by its mandate, which is to acquire, protect, preserve, maintain and educate the general public on objects and cultural artefacts of the region at the museum.