Oral history of Hanyaw Jagbini Katoo (house)--a sub-house of Gbaha Katoo (Makala)--describes how the sub-house came to move from Makala to Ahenkro and the role that the house played in supplying the paramount chief with animals. A list of former male and female heads of family is included. To cite: Stahl, Ann, and James Anane. 2011. Hanyaw Jagbini Katoo, Banda-Ahenkro. In, "Family Histories from the Banda Traditional Area, Brong-Ahafo Region, Ghana, 1986," pg. 19. Brochure circulated 1989, reissued with photos and additional histories in 2011. 2 pages.
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A video made from a photo and original cassette tape audio recording of a 1986 family history interview with Elders of Kuulo Katoo in Dompofie, Banda. Female head of family, Lelɛɛ Afua Fofie (age, c. 90 yrs), shared in the Nafaanra language the history of Wurache, female ancestress of Kuulo Katoo. The interview was conducted by Dr. Ann Stahl and James Anane as part of a 1986 research project on family histories of the Banda area. Also participating in the interview were: Dompofie Odikro and male head of family, Tolɛɛ Kwadwo Fordjour (age, c. 95 yrs), Kwame Broma (age, c. 80 yrs), Kwasi Donkor (age, c. 70 yrs), Kwasi Millah (age, 60 yrs), Kwabena Mensah (age, 60 yrs), Kwame Dɔmeabra (age, 55 yrs) and Emmanuel Dwira (age, 33 yrs). The original audio has been edited to exclude (poorly audible) translations of Nafaanra dialogue into English. The original cassette recording ended prior to the conclusion of the interview, and thus does not capture the full exchange in Nafaanra. An English translation of the interview and the still image of Dompofie elders are available in the Banda Through Time repository (links below). Dompofie, 6 August, 1986. Length: 15.38 minutes.
Women in the house of Brɛmawuo work together to prepare the main meal of the day. The wives of the house sit on low wooden stools as they prepare food at clustered hearths. Each hearth is made of three laterite stones which hold the cooking pot above the fire. The women use an array of metal cooking vessels, calabash bowls (chrԑgbͻͻ in Nafaanra) and a clay pot (on the front hearth). The clay pot was likely purchased from one of the potting villages on the west of the Banda hills. Beneath the thatched roof behind the women are hearths used during rainy weather. This house was revisited in November 2018 and several of the women pictured here were interviewed about how foodways have changed over the three decades since this photo was taken. Among the women pictured are (L-R) Adwoa Hana (stirring), Yaa Yaa Dankwa (Stirring), Ama Nwotwenwaa (holding a calabash), Abena Kuma, (standing in blue cloth) and Ama Mensah (standing in red cloth). Sabiye, 15 August 1986.
Based on interviews conducted in 1986, "Family Histories from the Banda Traditional Area, Brong-Ahafo," was originally circulated in 1989 and reissued in 2011. The 1989 brochure included oral histories of 30 Banda area families. The histories of three additional families and photos were added to the 2011 brochure. The individual family histories and associated photos (where available) are also posted as separate documents in the Banda Through Time Repository. To access, search by house (katoo) name. To cite this work: Stahl, Ann, and James Anane. 2011. "Family Histories from the Banda Traditional Area, Brong-Ahafo Region, 1986." Brochure circulated 1989, reissued with photos and additional histories in 2011. 49 pages.