During the 20th century, potting took place primarily in villages west of the Banda hills (Dorbour, Dumboli, Bondakile). But based on oral histories and archaeological evidence we know that pottery was made more widely across the area in earlier centuries. Here Ann Stahl makes notes on an old clay pit located east of the Ahenkro-Bongase road a short distance south of Bongase. Chuli mountain is visible in the distance. Tall grass characteristic of the rainy season covers the area. South of Bongase, 1990.
View to the west of the mountains near Ahenkro, standing on the south edge of town. Foreground is the soccer field and its improvised goal. To the right of a large tree (center, right) is the iron-roofed clinic staffed by a government nurse. In the distance, to the right of the soccer goal, is a wooden shed that housed one of the first diesel-powered corn grinding mills established in Ahenkro. Ahenkro, July-August, 1986.
View of the gap in the Banda hills near Ahenkro, standing on the south edge of town, looking southwest. To the right of the tree (center) is the iron-roofed clinic staffed by a government nurse. Blocking the view of the clinic is a wooden shed that housed one of the first diesel-powered corn grinding mills established in Ahenkro. Ahenkro, July-August, 1986.
View of the Banda hills from the Boase road, close to the base of the Boase range of hills, looking northwest. Visible (center) is the gap in the hills midway between Ahenkro and Bongase. To the right (north) is the notch in the mountain in an area known as Chuli. The hills to the far right are those associated with the Bui Dam site. Boase area, 11 October, 1982.
View looking west to the gap in the Banda hills near Ahenkro, standing on the south side of town. To the far left stands the Banda Traditional Council building put up by the colonial government. To the right is the metal-roofed house assigned to the government nurse stationed in town to run the small clinic. Ahenkro, 1990.
View to the southeast from the Banda hills above Ahenkro. In the foreground is the first range of the Banda hills near Ahenkro. In the distance (center) is the range of hills near Boase. Hills west of Ahenkro, 31 August, 1982.
Looking west-northwest from inside the Banda rockshelter, the view encompasses land that has been part of Bui National Park since 1971. Banda oral histories refer to this rockshelter as the place where people ran for safety when Asante attacked the area in the 1700s. These stories may relate to Asantehene Osei Kwadwo's campaign against Banda during the dry season of 1773-74. After this, in February 1774, Dutch officials at Elmina Castle reported purchasing captives from Asante's war against "Benda." Banda hills, 30 July, 1994.
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Enoch Mensah climbs down the steep slope below the Banda rockshelter, headed southward. He moves towards what elders described as the water source used by people who took refuge in the cave when Asante attacked Banda. Oral histories describe hardships in getting food and water while people hid in the cave. This attack may relate to Asantehene Osei Kwadwo's campaign against Banda during the dry season of 1773-74 when many Banda people were taken captive and sold by Asante to the Dutch at Elmina Castle. Banda hills, 30 July, 1994.