Monday, February 8, 2010

"An Introspective Look at African Culture"

Tonight JT and I went to a talk (title above) tonight at the local community college. As a whole, Somerset does not have lots of cultural activities, especially centered around Africa. In honor of Black History Month, the college is having several guest speakers. Tonight, John Wilson, a former missionary to Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, and Somalia, spoke about his cultural experiences throughout his seven years in Africa. It was very interesting to hear his experiences with different tribes, weddings, funerals, travel, food and such. He was in Somalia three months before our military came in and stayed three months into their occupation. What an interesting story he had.... Another lady, Wanda Dodson who had traveled to Ghana, spoke of her experiences with starting a kindergarten school called the Kentucky Academy. I took some pictures of their artifacts and souvenirs.

baskets and wooden chains from Namibia...the chain was all made from ONE piece of wood

Paintings by John Wilson's daughter

Artifacts from Ghana

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