ART and CULTURAL EXPLORATION
Traditional Drumming and Dancing:
Format: Students will have access to tutorial of multiple traditional dancing and/or drumming styles from cultural troupe. Then have an opportunity for live interaction with the cultural troupe for more in-depth dance lessons and guidance.
Available Cultures: dance troupes from Ghana, Sierra Leon, Uganda, Ethiopia, etc.
Community Social Structures (Tribal Chiefs and Elders):
Format: A virtual visit to the home/seat of community chief or elder, to explain their role and duties in maintaining social order. A virtual tour of the community with a cultural expert tour guide for students to get an understanding of the community and learn about those whose lives have been impacted by the community elder/chief. Pre-recoded or live tour and interviews with live interactions with cultural guide, chief, and community members for further discussion.
Available Options: Learn about the Ashantis, Fantis, Ewe, and Ga tribes from Ghana. Compare Ghana tribes and communities to those of Sierra Leon, Uganda, Ethiopia, etc.
Virtual Tours of Historic Sites:
Format: A virtual visit to cultural tourist attractions in Ghana, Sierra Leon, Uganda, Ethiopia, etc. An expert cultural guide will provide historical context to a site like the W.E.B. Dubois Center (final home and resting place of Dubois) and also a tour around the community where the site is located. Pre-recoded or live tour and interviews, with live interactions with cultural guides and community members for further discussion.
History/Impact of Colonialism:
Format: This will be a virtual retracing of the lands, regions, and buildings occupied or developed by colonials. In West Africa, expert cultural guides can trace the routes enslaved Africans were forced to march when captured hundreds of miles inland, and were walked to the coast. We even stop at the site of the “last bath” given to the enslaved before being bought/sold and placed in dungeons before being shipped to the Americas. We also explore seats of government and other lasting influences of colonialism in present day Ghana Sierra Leon, Uganda, etc. Pre-recoded or live tour and interviews, with live interactions with cultural guide and community members for further discussion.
Skilled Crafts (weaving, carving, painting):
Format: Learn the historical significance of cultural cloth, symbols, stools, wooden artifacts, etc. from the cultural artisans and weavers themselves. Students will get to visit the communities the designs and techniques originated from and what those same cultural practices mean to them today; economically and socially. Pre-recoded or live workshops/exhibitions/performances and interviews, with live interactions with cultural guide and artisans for further discussion.
Theater, Poetry, and Literature:
Format: Students will receive workshops, readings, and performances from groups such as the Accra Theatre Company in Ghana, the Talented African Performers in Uganda, the Ehalakasa Poetry Company in Ghana, a virtual visit to the Library of Africa and the African Diaspora to discuss it uniqueness with its founder, and so much more. Pre-recoded or live workshops/readings/performances and interviews, with live interactions with cultural guide and performers for further discussion. Compare the role of theater, poetry, and literature in communities in Sierra Leon, Uganda, Ethiopia, etc.