Ananse the Spider, a trickster hero of Ghana, is one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore. Ananse’s tales are told to not only explain the origins of the Akan people, but used to reinforce the belief system that enriches their society. Not just found in Ghana, these stories are likened to Brer Rabbit and John Tales in the American South. Here in Arizona, the stories are compared to Coyote stories of Native lore. Hear these stories and connect them to everyday experiences and the lessons learned.Register Here
This program is being cohosted by Buckeye Public Library.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Akua Duku Anokye, Associate Director, School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, Director, International Initiatives, Associate Professor, Africana Language, Literature, and Culture in Arizona State University’s New College; is past chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and Chief Reader of College Board’s Advanced Placement English Language and Composition. Anokye’s research centers on African Diaspora orality and literacy practices, folklore, and oral history focusing on Ghanaian culture, religion, storytelling, and dance. Her work in oral history on community mothers has led to the production of 20 documentaries on African American women activists and other notable African American figures.