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CBS Volunteer 2014/15 Tamara
Sometimes, Navrongo is boring. Even if people walk in and out the house, sometimes it is still boring. And in the worst case, in situations like this, the light goes off. That one then is village life level 3000. Today was one of those mornings (without the light-off, fortunately). I was alone in the house and didn’t know what to do, so I just started to edit the films I took in Sandema, at the Feok festival. That is a festival taking part every year in december. In the 19th century there was once a slave raider called Babatu. He was raiding slaves for over 20 years and had come from Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) all the way to northern Ghana and when he came to Sandema region and met the Builsa people, they managed to defeat him. This great victory is celebrated in the Feok festival with the so-called war dance. In this dance, they play the scenes of that great battle in the 19th century where Babatu was beaten.
Also, they thank the gods and their ancestors for the successful harvesting and for the year in general. “Feok” is buli, the language they speak in that town, and means “abundance of food”…
At least, that is the information I found online about the war dance, as before, nobody could give me a reasonable explanation to this war dance. Anyway, as I said, I used the boredom to create something et voilà.
Take some time and watch 6 minutes of Ghanaian culture, with comments and subtitles, for your better understanding
This is the festival in Sandema. The one in Navrongo is less organised and peaceful but for my personal taste, more interesting. The edited video will follow soon.