Cameroon Gorilla family statue. Woodcarving was originally not decorative, but played an important function in Cameroonian society, with objects associated with ceremonies and performances. Carvings were not only judged by how they looked, but also by the amount of power they possessed and by what they could do. Many objects were used to communicate with ancestors and other powerful spirits. Carvers were held in high esteem and worked mostly for forts (local kings). In fact, the late fon (chief of a local group) of Babungo was himself a talented carver, who descended from a royal line of carvers.