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The transmission of traditional knowledge at Koutammakou World Heritage Site in Togo

Carried out in 2007 and 2008, the project studied the case of a traditional African village, Koutammakou, situated in Togo, a cultural landscape inscribed on the World Heritage List. The site is composed of traditional houses (Takienta) set in an environment of natural forests, mountains and rivers.  The research is based on documentary sources as well as interviews with members of the community at Koutammakou. These findings allowed for an analysis of the degree of transmission of traditional knowledge related to building the dwellings. This project was supported by the International Centre for the Study of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) which wanted to deepen its knowledge of the transmission of traditional know-how in African countries. The research assistant, Gaël Amoussou Kpotoqbé, published this research in 2011 in a work entitled L’imaginaire des Batammariba du Togo à travers leur habitat.

Research team : Christina Cameron, Gaël Amoussou Kpotoqbé