The Akan Diaspora in the Americas

Paperback | April 18, 2012

byKwasi Konadu

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In his groundbreaking study of the Akan diaspora, Kwasi Konadu demonstrates how this cultural group originating in West Africa both engaged in and went beyond the familiar diasporic themes of maroonage, resistance, and freedom. Between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Akan neverformed a majority among other Africans in the Americas. But their leadership skills in war and political organization, efficacy in medicinal plant use and spiritual practice, and culture archived in the musical traditions, language, and patterns of African diasporic life far outweighed their sheernumbers. Konadu argues that a composite Akan culture calibrated between the Gold Coast and forest fringe made the contributions of the Akan diaspora possible. The book examines the Akan experience in Guyana, Jamaica, Antigua, Barbados, former Danish and Dutch colonies, and North America, and how those earlyexperiences foreground the modern engagement and movement of diasporic Africans and Akan people between Ghana and North America. Locating the Akan variable in the African diasporic equation allows scholars and students of the Americas to better understand how the diasporic quilt came to be and isstill evolving.

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In his groundbreaking study of the Akan diaspora, Kwasi Konadu demonstrates how this cultural group originating in West Africa both engaged in and went beyond the familiar diasporic themes of maroonage, resistance, and freedom. Between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Akan neverformed a majority among other Africans in the A...

Kwasi Konadu is assistant professor of history at the Center for Ethnic Studies, City University of New York. He specializes in African, Akan, and African diasporic history.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:April 18, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199922853

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Drum Lyric to River Tano--The Path Crosses the RiverMaps1. On Diaspora and the Akan in the Americas2. Quest for the River, Creation of the Path3. History and Meaning in Akan Societies, 1500 - 18004. "The Most Unruly": The Akan in Danish and Dutch America5. The Antelope (adowa) and the Elephant (esono): The Akan in the British Caribbean6. "All of the Coromantee Country": The Akan Diaspora in North America7. Diaspora Discourses: Akan Spiritual Praxis and the Claims of Cultural IdentityGlossaryNotesIndex