Collecting the fallen Shea Nuts from beneath the tree is generally the responsibility of the women and children. The Shea Tree historically has earned the right to be protected by the indigenous ethnic groups because it is an important source of edible vegetable fat and a wide variety of other useful things, such as: bark, the roots, latex and leaves.
Shea Butter is also used for cooking. Shea Butter can be used to preserve and protect drum heads from drying and cracking as a result of exposure to the sun and moisture. By sparingly applying Shea Butter directly to the palms of the hands and playing adds enough oil to the drum to effectively waterproof the fibers in the drum head.