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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Akanization of the Hill Guan arts
Author:Labi, Kwame A.ISNI
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills., maps
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:culture contact
Akan polities
Akwapim polity
royal insignia
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
Akan (African people)
Akwapim (Ghana)
Regalia (Insignia)
political systems
Abstract:The original inhabitants of the Akuapem Hills, Ghana, were predominantly Guan. The introduction from the mid-18th century onwards of the Akyem (Akan) political system, marked a transition from the rule of priest-chiefs to secular chiefs. Accompanying the new political order were new art forms and regalia which projected the image, power and glory of chieftainship. The dynamism of chiefly art and regalia contrasted with the conservatism of priestly art and regalia, which were based on the dictates of the gods. Akan regalia, notably the black stool, and the celebration of the Odwira festival, attest to the acceptance of Akan political values. However, several aspects of Guan traditional art associated with the priests have been maintained. Culture contact in Akuapem has been unbalanced and uneven and the process of Akanization partial. The author conducted field research in Akuapem in 1989. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]