The Douala inhabit the coastal region of south west Cameroon. They were influenced by early Europeans who went there for business reasons and by religious missionaries. Artistically, the Duala expressed themselves in various ways including decorating the prows of their boats with multicolored patterns and by making polychrome masks.
The masks were used by secret societies like the one called Ekonlo whose members wore masks antelope during funeral ceremonies. Most known masks in european countries are buffalo masks also called nyatti.