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Our Own Way in This Part of the World: Biography of an African Culture, Community, and Nation

Kwasi Konadu
Format
Book
Published
Durham : Duke University Press, 2019.
Language
English
ISBN
9781478004165, 1478004169, 9781478004783, 1478004789
Summary
Kofi Donko (1913-1995) was a blacksmith and farmer, as well as an important healer, intellectual, spiritual leader, settler of disputes, and custodian of shared values for his Ghanaian community. In 'Our Own Way in This Part of the World' Kwasi Konadu centers Donko's life story and experiences in a communography of Donko's community and nation from the late nineteenth century through the end of the twentieth, which were shaped by historical forces from colonial Ghana's cocoa boom to decolonization and political and religious parochialism. Although Donko touched the lives of thousands of citizens and patients, neither he nor they appear in national or international archives covering the region. Yet his memory persists in his intellectual and healing legacy, and the story of his community offers a non-national, decolonized example of social organization structured around spiritual forces that serves as a powerful reminder of the importance for scholars to take their cues from the lived experiences and ideas of the people they study.
Contents
  • Libation : "matters connected with our culture"
  • Homelands : "in search of past events"
  • Tools of the trade : "I was a blacksmith...before I became [a healer]"
  • Medicine, marriage, and politics : "assist this state to have progress"
  • Independences : "never mingled himself in local politics"
  • Anthropologies of medicine and Africa : "when the Whiteman first came"
  • Uncertain moments and memory : "our ancestral spirits, come and have drink".
Description
viii, 313 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-305) and index.
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