Mar(k): Travel, Hiking, and "Doing Good"

musings on our life of travel and volunteering

Community Based Tourism – a visit to Kaphonhil

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Not long ago we ended up visiting a small community in the “peri-urban” area of Tamale.  This is one of the comparatively few “tourist” type activities that one can do in the immediate surroundings of Tamale, so we were keen to see what was on offer.  We were most impressed with our half day of visiting this village.

seeing children wearing nothing but a strand of beads around their waist is not all that unusual in traditional villages

We began with a walking tour of the village;  as is typical almost everywhere here, the children are very happy to see “Salaminga’s” or white people.

We got to witness a series of different women at work, which will likely be the subject of subsequent blogs!  But for the record, the ladies were engaged in income generating activities such as shea butter making, cotton spinning, making groundnut paste (ie: peanut butter), and pottery making.

As we walked around the village, our tour guide explained that traditionally, the huts are placed in a circle, with a large communal area in the centre for cooking, playing, laundry, etc…  We learned that the “round houses” or huts, are for the women, while the square shaped structures are used by the men.

Our guide explains the differences between the round huts for women, and the square shaped ones; for men.

We also got to visit the inside of one of the women’s huts;  here a woman will sleep, keep all her clothing, and store her pots and other items of value.  We were told that these many containers, cooking pots, etc… are used when feasts or festivals are held;  the women “collect” them and are a sign of status and wealth.

The single round room is about 4 metres in diameter and the rounded walls are made of locally made brick, with thatched roof.

here is our friend Antia, near the hut owner's storage of pots, bowls, etc. These items are used for feasts and festivals, and are a sign of a woman's wealth.

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Written by Mar(k)

June 25, 2010 at 9:49 am

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  1. very interesting. love reading about ghana through your eyes.

    karena

    June 26, 2010 at 1:27 am

    • thanks Karena! there are so many interesting things here, that we love to share! everything is just sooo different!

      Mar(k)

      June 28, 2010 at 10:19 am


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