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Ghana - Countrywatch.com
English (official); indigenous African languages (including Asante Twi, Akuapim

Paper session 19: Disability in Africa & Asia II - NNDR, 6th ...
...disability is understood from the indigenous mythic world ... challenges of disability

Indigenous charismatic missionary enterprises in West Africa
...of Tema, in Ghana, for migrant Frafra workers from ... countries, nine of which are West

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Frafra women of northern Ghana decorate the walls of ... the architecture in Whydah,

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Frafra women of northern Ghana decorate the walls of houses and other ... Indigenous

Current Film and Video, Vol. 47, No. 2
...footage of Ewe, Ashante, Ga and Frafra peoples ... the music of the descendants of African

Brown's and David Bindman's work in West African drumming enables ... c 1993 the Dagomba

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European influences merged with the indigenous African traditions, giving ... to the

UCLA Department of History - African History
1957. GARRARD, Timothy*, "Brass-casting among the Frafra of Northern Ghana". ... WAITE,

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...spoken in 5 countries; Gur (Gurunshi, Frafra, Senufo, Moree ... The Recolonization of

Social exclusion and Africa south of the Sahara: A review of the ...
Not surprisingly Frafra migrants lose faith in their ... people (compared to the indigenous

Keith Hart’s Memory Bank - Curriculum Vitae of Keith Hart
Doctoral fieldwork (1965-1968) among Frafra migrants in ... in a township of Durban,

Keith Hart’s Memory Bank - Chapter 3
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Human transport is a routine African reality: both adults ... involved in local portering

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Twelve scientists from 5 African countries (Benin, Cameroon ... of collecting and documenting

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Nzema, Dagbani, Dagarri, Kasem, Frafra, Buli, Kusaal ... Republic of, Portuguese, Crioulo,

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VMFA: Office of Statewide Partnerships
...other examples from the Ewe, Asanti, Ga, and Frafra peoples of ... are only now discovering

Keith Hart
...fieldwork (1965-1968) among Frafra migrants in ... a township of Durban, South Africa;

Let us speak Dagaare: Ye e ka yele Dagaare
Dagaare may be the fourth largest indigenous language of ... Mossi, the Dagomba, the

Meetings and Events in 1998
...their wild relatives, conservation of vegetatively propagated crops, such as yams,

Hort 403 - Reading - Root Crops
...and primitive peoples have always made use of indigenous bulbs, roots ... aroids (members

SIL Bibliography: Ghana
...the first cassette of Akyode indigenous hymns in ... Collected field reports on the phonology

Geometry.Net - Basic_K: Kassena Indigenous Peoples Africa
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GJAS 1997-2001
Problems of Frafra potato production in Ghana. ... Indigenous knowledge on 'siella' and

Ghana Journal of Agricultural Science: Site Map
...rate and carcass characteristics of indigenous (Ashanti Dwarf ... Incidence and severity

More information from Wikipedia.org:
Frafra is a colonialist term given to a subset of Gurunsi peoples living in northern Ghana and their language. The larger group of Gurunsi peoples inhabit both southern Burkina Faso and northern Ghana. Dervied from the greeting "fara fara", which means "How is your suffering (work)?", this term is applied to these peoples, who share common histories, languages, and political structures, but it may also carry pejorative overtones in local usage. Most of Gurunsi live in modern day Burkina Faso, and the degree to which Frafra history differs from their northerly neighbors, such as the Nuna, Bwa, and Winiama, is linked to their living in modern day Ghana. These differences arose during colonial times, which began in the early part of the 20th century, as French and British colonial systems differed in their administrative practices.

Frafra are primarily sedentary farmers, growing millet, sorghum, and yams. Maize, rice, peanuts, and beans are grown in addition to these staples. Farmers throughout the region practice slash and burn farming, using fields for approximately seven or eight years before they are allowed to lie fallow for at least a decade. In the family fields close to the villages, women grow cash crops, including sesame and tobacco, which are sold in local markets. Men participate in hunting during the long dry season. This is important for ritual reasons, since it is during this time that men may interact with the spirits that inhabit the bush. During the dry season, when food supplies are running low, some fishing is practiced in local swamps.

Frafra societies are comprised mainly of farmers, without social or political stratification. They are not divided among occupational castes or groups since most of them simply till the land and engage in occasional hunting. They had no internal system of chiefs, and all important decisions were made by a council of elders consisting of the oldest members of each of the village lineages. Religious leaders do maintain some political authority, determining the agricultural cycle and parceling out land for cultivation.

Belief in a supreme creator being is central to Frafra beliefs. A shrine to this god occupies the center of every village. Each extended family maintains its own hut, in which the lineage magical objects are kept. The objects allow the family to maintain contact with the vital forces of nature. These objects are inherited by the ancestors and are the communal property of the lineage, providing protection and social cohesion among all members of the family.

The most recognized of the Frafra art forms are cast brass jewelry and beautifully decorated architecture. In addition anthropomorphic figures sculpted from clay and wood and various personal objects, ranging from jewelry to wooden stools, are created to honor the spirits.

Bolgatanga is the commercial center of the Frafra area. Other important villages and towns include, Bongo, Tongo, Zuarungu, Zoko, and Pwalugu.

Frafra peoples have a special playmate (joking) relationship with the Dagare peoples of northwestern Ghana, which has its roots in a believed common ancestory.

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