Kwasi Millah of Dompofie sits under the shade of a tree while processing calabash (gourd) bowls (chrԑgbͻͻ in Nafaanra). The interior is scraped clean and the calabash set aside to dry. While some are kept for household use, many are sold at market. Once dried, the calabash bowls are durable utensils used for cooking, bathing, and other household tasks. Dompofie, June, 1995.
Kwasi Millah, Elder of Kuulo Katoo and caretaker of Kuulo shrines, stands in front of the tree that sprang up at the spot where Lelɛɛ Wurache, the Kuulo ancestress, sank into the ground, as described in the family history of Kuulo Katoo. Outskirts of Dompofie, June, 1995.
View of the Banda hills extending southward, standing on the small hill west of Kabruno. Two cleared fields are visible in the foreground. The rooftops of Makala are faintly visible to the left of center. Banda area, June, 1995.
View of the Banda hills extending southward, standing on the small hill west of Kabruno. The rooftops of Samwa are visible left of center. Those of Makala are faintly visible to the right of center. Banda area, June, 1995.
Kwasi Millah, Elder of Kuulo Katoo and caretaker of Kuulo shrines, stands in front of the baobab tree that sprang up at the spot where Lelɛɛ Wurache, the Kuulo ancestress, sank into the ground, as described in the family history of Kuulo Katoo. Outskirts of Dompofie, June, 1995.
Banda Research Project excavation team members at work on Mound 118 at Kuulo Kataa. Wooden stakes mark the corners of 2x2 meter excavation units, several of which are in progress. North American students Leith Smith (white hat and shirt) and Alex Caton (far right) are pictured along with men from Dompofie and Ahenkro. View looking northward. Kuulo Kataa, 1995.
View across wooded savanna, looking northeast while standing atop a small hill west of Kabruno. The mountains, far right, are those near Fawoman. Far left is the northern end of the Banda hills near the Bui Dam site. The single mountain in the distance (center) lies on the north side of the Black Volta River. The village of Ahenkro can be seen, center, with the northern edge of Kabruno visible to the right. Banda area, June, 1995.
A tractor-plowed field close to the Banda hills on the outskirts of Ahenkro has been planted with tobacco. Tobacco farming began in the Banda area in the 1980s and was common by the 1990s as many farmers took up commercial tobacco production. After tobacco farming was banned by the Traditional Council, some open fields like these were planted in cashew, the cash crop in which many Banda farmers invested from the early 2000s. Others have been used for mono-cropping (fields used for a single crop type) cash crops that are annuals. Northwest of Ahenkro, May, 1995.
Magdalene Attah uses a small wooden mortar and pestle to process cassava flour while two goats forage in the background. The large wood pile to the rear (left) is associated with the tobacco drying barns that line the south edge of Ahenkro. Ahenkro, May, 1995.