n Institute of African Studies Research Review - Akanization of the Hill Guan arts

Volume 18, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0855-4412



The original inhabitants of the Akuapem Hills were predominantly Guan. From the mideighteenth century, they experienced fundamental political changes which marked a transition from the rule of priest-chiefs to secular chiefs. This new political order introduced new art forms and regalia. The cultural contact which took place in Akuapem did not result in an even diffusion of elements of Akan art and culture, but has been one of uneven and unbalanced adoption, modification and even rejection of some new art and religious forms. <br>This article discusses the process of introducing an Akan type political system and its accompanying art in a group of Guan communities on the Akuapem Hills. Art and regalia in Akuapem portray the acceptance of new art forms, yet preserving some Guan traditional art forms amidst major artistic adoptions from the Akan. It therefore analyses whether the Akanization process was partial or complete.

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