Akan Cultural Symbols Project
From Dr. George F. Kojo Arthur and Marshall University, a survey of
adinkra symbols as used in architecture, textiles, pottery and wood carving.
Information for Travelers to Ghana
If you go to Ghana, you should definitely plan a visit to Aburi, a mountain-top
village about one hour from Accra. You can enjoy the cooler weather, you
can visit the kiosks of the well-known Aburi woodcarvers, you can stroll
around the famous Royal Botanical Garden, and you can lodge at the guest
house of my good friend, Sweet Africa. Besides running his lovely guest
house, Sweet Africa is a busy craftsman, making jewelry and many other
items out of cornhusks and beads. I brought back many of his creations
as gifts for friends.
This site offers all sorts of information for short- and long-term stays
Lisa Shepard, author of African Accents: Fabrics and Crafts to Decorate
Your Home, offers free project instructions, as well as craft & decorating
tips for beautiful, quality African-centered home design.
A site featuring a wide range of African-related art,
and crafts including items using adinkra symbols.
(If you have a slow connection,
be forewarned that this site uses a
lot of audio files.)
PBS Kids: Africa
Instructions for making adinkra cloth for kids, plus other information
about African culture.
A very broad and complete guide to information about the quilting and
related craft and textile traditions of diverse ethnic groups, including
Free Adinkra Stencils Collection
More than 20 large format adinkra images useful for stencils and other
personal design projects, from the About.com guide to African History,
Alistair Boddy-Evans. (Be forewarned
that there are often pop-up ads.)
Trew 2 Life Home Furnishings
Home furnishings that have a heritage-themed design twist.
African Culture and Society
South of the Sahara
From the Stanford University Library, a well-edited collection of
links, including a section devoted to Ghana.
Studies Among the Akan Peoople of
West Africa: Community, History, Society, Culture
An incredible amount of information about all things Akan, with lots of photos, put together by Phil Bartle, Ph.D., sociologist, economist,
professor, and international development specialist.
A scientific listing of all the language groups and dialects. According
to this page, there are 79 languages spoken in Ghana today.
Kakuyon Stronghold was formed to create, manufacture, and distribute
profoundly educational artistic works that deal with societal issues
using an Africentric perspective. Its founder, Tiki Mercury-Clarke, uses
a beautiful, unique combination of Sankofa and Hwe Mu Dua adinkra
symbols in her logo.
Authentic art from Africa, including Ghana, at affordable prices. Supports Fair Trade policies.
Please send an e-mail if
you would like to suggest other sites of interest. Thanks!