Friday, November 29, 2013

the Asante

This is a documentary about the Asante- the largest ethnic group in Ghana. As you will see in the film, animal sacrifice is part of African rituals. In the USA a ritual was just celebrated where they sacrifice a turkey. It's usually the chicken who looses in Africa.
If you saw the photo of a ceremonial umbrella in my living room, you can see them in action in this film.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Interesting perspective

We all know the stereotypes about Africa. Would it surprise you to know that Africans have some strange ideas about "others"? Africans believe that foreigners (especially white ones) have no problems, have unlimited money, cars and all have high status.
They see outsiders as delicate. After all, they usually ride instead of walk and rarely carry heavy loads.
I was once in a farming village and walked a few miles to my hosts farm and then a few miles back. As we came out of the bush a crowd was gathering and they all started to clap. It was later explained to me that the enthusiasm was because they were surprised that I could walk so far.
Interesting perspective, as all the people returning from the farm (except me) were carrying heavy loads  on their heads and I felt like such a wimp for walking unburdened.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

If you are a textile artist , buyer or just like to look at beautiful handmade textiles check out THE TEXTILE AND FIBER ART LIST at
This is a very active forum that you can join or just browse.
If you are interested in Kente cloth you can read a post on their blog

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Indigenous Roots of Expressive Arts Therapy

Cross Cultural Collaborative is offering a very special workshop in GHANA with Kate T. Donohue,registered Expressive arts therapist.

To be held August 12 - August 25, 2014 at Aba House. Here's all of the information:

Interact with African drummers and dancers, artisans and  storytellers.

Questions about the workshop:
Questions about: trip logistics :

Sunday, November 3, 2013

How about Taiwan?

We usually write about Ghana,but we'd like to tell you about our friend Jane Ingram Allen who curates a residency in Taiwan.

It's an annual project using natural materials that are found in the wetlands where the residency is held.

Go to where you'll find all of the information for applying and some interesting photos. Deadline for applying is January 18, 2014.