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African Tribes Prezi: Ashanti

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Ashanti Maps/Location Central Ghana in the Rainforests of the western part of Africa (Ashanti People Traditions & Culture)


Question: How does geography influence the way this tribe lives?
They live 300 kilometers away from the coast in the rainforests of western Africa. They have fertile land and many trees which would make for great farming, but you would have to deplete some of the trees (Ashanti People Traditions & Cultures). They probably don’t have boats anywhere, but maybe they utilize the trees in the making of there houses.
Population Around 1 million(Ashanti People Traditions & Culture)
Question: Is the population growing or shrinking? Why is it difficult to find accurate numbers for some tribes?
The population of the Ashanti tribe is growing (The Ashanti Tribal Culture). It is difficult to find accurate numbers for some tribes because they are so small and remote.
Language English is the official language of Ghana, but it is rarely spoken in the village (The Ashantis). Some people speak Twi which is a part of the official language of the Akan tribe (The Ashantis). Twi involves many proverbs which is a sign of wisdom to the people (The Ashantis).
Questions: What is the official language of the country in which the tribe lives? Why do you think that there is an official language in the country?
English is the official language of Ghana, and I think that there is an official language for the people who don’t live in the tribes but in urban places so they can communicate and trade (The Ashantis).
Cultural Traditions Rites of Passage An event in someone’s life that marks the moving from one stage to another in life (Rite of Passage)
The funeral is a rite of passage to the Ashanti tribe because it means the deceased person is not moving onto the “Kingdom of the Dead.” Everyone in the village is expected to come to the funeral which can last 5-7 days (Ashanti).
Questions: What is the purpose of this rite of passage? How does it contribute to the culture? Are there religious elements?
The funeral ceremony is supposed to celebrate this person’s life and help them on their way to the Kingdom of the Dead where they will spend the rest of there life. The funeral helps the family move on and mourn over the lost one and see that the person has moved on to eternal life. The funeral has to do a lot with religion because you have to believe in the Kingdom of the Dead to move on there (Ashanti).
Current Issues Kente cloth is used at religious ceremonies. It represents many things, and one of these things being religious beliefs with different colors. They are sewn together to make a large cloth. It is used at marriage and death ceremonies (West).
Talking Drum: boys are taught how to use them by the mothers’ brother. They are used to learn the language, spreading news, and it’s also used in ceremonies. It also has many rituals involving it (West).
Special handshake where you use your left hand to shake the hands of others because the left hand hold the shield and the right hand holds the spear (Ashanti People Traditions & Culture).
•Questions: What are the purposes of these traditions in tribal society? How do these traditions influence the lifestyles of the tribe?
These traditions separate this tribe from the others by having unique ways of celebrating and living. It influences the lifestyles by teaching the people the life that they are supposed to live and the religious and nonreligious meanings behind them.
In Ghana the minimum working age is 15, but some families are in need of a more money so they put their kids to work younger. The government has been trying to solve this issue since the 1990’s, but it is still visible in many places (Countries and Their Culture).
Question: How does this issue impact the lives of the tribe?
Many kids don’t get a chance to be kids because they are being put to work and that could hinder their health (Countries and Their Culture).

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