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Posted on January 13th, 2014

“Kente cloth” is a royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance. Kente was the cloth of kings. Over time, the use of kente became more widespread, however its importance has remained and it is held in high esteem in the Akan family and the entire country of Ghana. In Ghana, kente is made by the Akan people (including the Asante, Fante and Nzema).

Kente is also produced by Akan groups in Cote d’Ivoire, like the Baoule and Anyin, who trace their ancestry back to Ghana before the rise of the Ashanti Empire. It is the best known of all African textiles. Kente comes from the word kenten, which means “basket”. The Asante peoples refer to kente as Nwentoma or “woven cloth”.

The icon of African cultural heritage around the world, Asante kente is identified by its dazzling, multicolored patterns of bright colors, geometric shapes and bold designs. Kente characterized by weft designs woven into every available block of plain weave is called adweneasa. The Asante peoples of Ghana choose kente cloths as much for their names as their colors and patterns.

Although the cloths are identified primarily by the patterns found in the lengthwise (warp) threads, there is often little correlation between appearance and name. Names are derived from several sources, including proverbs, historical events, important chiefs, queen mothers, and plants..

Posted on January 13th, 2014

The Buabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is located in the Nkoranza District in the dry semi-deciduous forest in the transition zone of Ghana. This zone is quickly changing from forest to grassland so the community’s dry semi-deciduous forest is an isolated forest that is surrounded by grassland. The people and their traditional leaders have used ancient taboos to protect this forest which also is home to two endangered species of monkeys – Black and White Colobus monkeys, Colobus polykomos and the Mona monkey, Cercopithecus mona. As well as large members of colourful butterflies and other wildlife.

Posted on January 13th, 2014

Kakum National Park is one of the best known national parks in Ghana; it is in the southern part of Ghana, in what is known as the Central Region. It is a much publicized canopy walk,which was constructed in 1995 with the support of USAID.Kankum is an excellent place to see forest birds with a checklist of 266 confirmed and another 50 unconfirmed species.

It protects some 100 different species of mammal,including the country’s densest population of forest elephant as well as giant forest hog,six types of duiker,bushbuck,bongo,squirrels,leopard as well as spot-nosed monkey. Kakum National Park has a unique tourist attraction: the only year-round tour over a hanging bridge in the forest canopy level in all of Africa. Beside Kakum there are only four other round tours of this type.

From the so-called Canopy Walkway, at up to 40 meters height, the visitor can approach the plants and animals in their living space which would otherwise be inaccessible for people. The Canopy Walkway passes over 7 bridges and runs over a length of 330 meters.

Posted on January 13th, 2014

Nzuelzu is a small village, started over 500 years ago and situated in the middle of Lake Amansuri. It is supported entirely by stilts made of central wood with a raffia walkway. To get to and from Nzulezu you must travel via canoe from a small dock in the village of Beyin, one hour away.

The population of Nzulezu is roughly 500 men, women and children, governed by a village chief and a handful of village elders. Although the town is very small, with only one “main street,” there are two churches (Pentecostal and Catholic) that stand side by side. There is one school, grades K-6 and if the children plan to go further in their education they must enroll at the public school in Beyin and commute via canoe everyday.

The “school yard” consists of four logs, two per side on the “field”, making up football goals as they stick out of the shallow areas of the lake. Although they live on water, their main source of income is agriculture. They own some land 1 km north of the lake where they grow a variety of vegetables and fruit which they sell in Beyin and the surrounding areas. There is also little exposure to the outside world with no television and poor radio reception. 

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