Sunday, December 26, 2010
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Sunday, September 19, 2010
In our neighborhood of Teshie/Nungua there are several workshops that make coffins in the shape of fish. cars, coke bottles..almost anything that might reflect the life of the occupant.
Because we are on the coast. fish and boats are popular, but a favorite of everyone is a white Mercedes.
The fish pictured here is from the workshop of Eric Adjetey Anang. You can see his website at www.ghanacoffin.com
Right now it is only in French, but it's still worth looking at for the wonderful pictures.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Ghanaians are so upbeat. They are already planning for the World Cup in 2014. The other day a Ghanaian told me that when he was growing up they would use cabbages as soccer balls. The kids had no idea that you were supposed to eat them.
That's all changed now and cabbage stew is a favorite served over yam.
To continue the metaphor, we have a lot on our plate. Dates with Ghanaian and visiting potters, textile enthusiasts, teachers and the Nungua kids.
We'll also be getting ready for the kids 2nd gallery show. This one will be in Philadelphia.
Our first book has gone to press....just a short one and the second longer book is being researched.
More when we come back. We hope you have a great summer.
Remember to be creative!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
The Ndebele woman are wonderful artists and are known for painting designs on their houses.
Go to youtube.com and find Esther Mahlangu. Guess she finished painting her house and has gone on to other things.
Watching her new project should make you smile.
Monday, May 31, 2010
And now she has written a childrens book titled ABC'S FROM GHANA,WITH LOVE
It was published by www.dementimilestonepublishing.com
We are A and O....WOW!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
When we were in Burikina Faso , one of our guides was very excited to show us the sacred mudfish, but he wasn't really able to explain their significance, After seeing the the exhibit I know why they are so important. Even important enought to be on the money in Burkina Faso.
A great tool for teaching about African culture, the exhibit is also fascinating reading for adults.
Make sure you take the time to look at all of the animals.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Under the Akan there's a paper about dream interpretations where most of what you dream (according to the Akan) means just the opposite.
For example, if you dream that you will find gold, it means that you will always be poor.
There is another paper about a young girls induction into a shrine. If you're curious about African ceremonies, this will interest you.
Written by an African scholar, the blog also offers books for sale, but just browsing through the
stories is free.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Kenya offers The Great Rift Valley - white rinos - tea plantations - ancient rock art - Lake Victoria - the village where President Obama's father was born -the famous Maasi and so much more.
Let us know if you're interested and we'll organize a tour especially for you.
Kuwa na siku njeme
Have a nice day
Monday, April 12, 2010
Since our last blog way back in Jan., we have been traveling.
In early Feb. we had an agreeable group of tourists and we went through northern Ghana and into Burkina Faso.
Pictured are painted houses from Tiebele, a village right over the Ghana border in Burkina Faso. Otherwise, a typical African village, Tiebele is an artists dream. The mud houses are painted by the village women who, rightly so, take great pride in their work.
If you'd like to see more photos of the houses, we posted some on Cross Cultural Collaborative Flickr page.
Our final destination was the capital of Burkina, Ouagadougou. There's something about the way it sounds that just makes you want to go there. It reminded me a little of a wild west movie, but it also has a wonderful museum and is the home of a famous film festival. Guess you can say that it has something to appeal to everyone.
We did meet a few camels strolling down the street, but there are mostly bicycles and motorbikes and very few cars.
If Timbuktu sounds appealing, consider joining our next tour in Jan. 2011.