African Art and Oceanic Art
. Octopus Books, London (1972). This book provides samples of "art" found throughout the African continent. Contains beautiful works created by Ghanaian people.
Anquandah, Kwesi, J.
Castles and Forts of Ghana
. Ghana Museums & Monuments. Board Atalante. Professor Anquandah conducted the archeoglogical excavations in the Clastles of Elmina and Cape Coast and masterfully portrays his discoveries in this photographic work. An expert in Ghanaian's historical past, Professor Anquandah provides readers with a wealth of photos and background information regarding European slave trade and its impact on Ghanaian culture.
Basic Social Studies Atlas for Ghana
. Addison-Wesley Longman, UK. Limited (1997). An educational resource used by Ghanaian students, provides background information re: Ghanaian culture.
Before the Mayflower
. Johnson Publications, Chicago (1993). Written by an American Historian of African and Africa Diaspora culture, this work provides valuable background information regarding African kingdoms before and up to the beginning of the slave trade.
A Treasury of African Folklore: The Oral Literature, Traditions, Myths, Legends, Epics, Tales, Recollections, Wisdom, Sayings, and Humor of Africa
. Marlowe & Company, New York (1995). A wonderful collection of African writings, some from the Ghanaian tradition.
Franklin, John Hope.
From Slavery to Freedom
. Vintage Books, New York (1992). This work provides an objective look at the Africa Diaspora, beginning with great empires of Africa through the slave trade up until the African's fight for freedom during the slave trade and beyond.
Middle Passage - Introduction by Dr. John Henrik Clarke,
(1995). A beautifully depicted pictorial essay of the dehumanizing journey. With an introdction by Dr. John Henrik Clarke, this work stirs the imagination and takes an explicit look at the slave trade through the eyes of a master artist.
Kumekpor, M. L, Bredwa-Mensah, Yaw, and vanLandewijk, J. E. J. M.
The Ghanaian Bead Tradition: Materials, Traditional Techniques, Archaelogical and Historical Chronology, Bead Usage, and Traditional-Sociological Meaning
. The Ghana Bead Society Press, Ghana (1995). An informative work, provides background information re: the use and purpose of bead wearing in Ghanaian culture.
Martin, Phyllis M. and O'Meara, Patrick.
Africa - Third Edition
. Indiana University Press. Bloomington, IN (1995). Provides in-depth background information into the societal and political aspects of Ghanaian culture.
Olatunji, Michael Babatunde & Dietz, Betty Warner.
Musical Instruments of Africa
. The John Day Company, New York (1961). Provides wonderful background information on instruments found throughout the African continent, many of which are used in Ghanaian culture.
Osei, E. K.,
Social Structure and Traditional Organization of the Akans of Ghana: Clanship Systems and Marriage
. Tell Africa Communications, Accra (1998). Provides background information on ethnic groupings in Ghanaian culture.
Ross, Doran H., et al.
Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity
. Provides a historic look at the making and use of Kente. Contains exquisite photos of different patterns contained therein.
The Sacred Stools of the Akan
. Ghana Publishing Corporation (Publishing Division) Tema, Ghana (1971). Written by a Ghanaian scholar, this work provides background information on the chieftancy/social structure of Ghana, highlighting the use of the Asante stool in correlation with leadership.
. Thames and Hudson, New York (1971, 1993, 1995).
Wilson, Ellen Gibson.
A West African Cookbook Introducing Foods From Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone Adapted for American Kitchens
. Avon Books, New York (1971). A wonderful cooking resource. Follow the recipes to sample wonderful eating!