African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Ewe colon
In traditional African art, "settlers" are anthropomorphic figurative sculptures of various aspects, frequently representing Westerners. Some elements are constant: costumes of civil servants, religious outfits, soldiers' uniforms, helmets, etc... Expressions of naïve art or social caricatures, they are also usually painted in bright and colorful colors.
The Ewe, often confused with the Minas, are the largest ethnic group in Togo. They are also found as minorities in Ghana, Benin, Ivory Coast and Nigeria. According to Hélène Joubert, the cults paid to the Yoruba gods, the orisha , and those of the vodou ,vodun gods, as well as their religious structure, would be comparable in many ways. In addition, slaves from different cultures exported their practices to Cuba and Brazil.