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Akan Writing System
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Akan 13th Century: Migrated to the forests of present-day Ghana 15th Century: Arab, Portuguese, Dutch, and British explorers started to invade the homes of the Akan along the “Gold Coast” 17th Century: Akan established the Asante Kingdom in the central forest region of Ghana 2005: Reside in Ghana, La Côte d’Ivoire, Europe, and the United States
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Akan Twi-speaking Divided into various groups: Twi, Fante, Akim, Ashanti, Juaben, and Agona
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Social Structure Basic social unit of the ancient Akan society = Family Each family was responsible for the land it owned, functioned as a religious unit that worshipped its ancestors, and managed the marriages and conflicts of its members Based on a matriclan system Determined the status of individuals, inheritance, succession to political positions, and relations within the village
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Political Structure Small state that was lead by a leader from one of the groups or families Several families comprised the Akan State Most prominent family provided the leader or chief (an elder) Revealed their political and social organizations, along with their values and beliefs, through their writing system
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What is a writing system? “…Components of knowledge systems.” Assist “…In synthesizing ideas, thoughts, and deeds through the use of signs, symbols or other pictorial renderings… Writing provides an aspect of historicality… [And] facilitates the proper
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2008 for the course AS&RC 205 taught by Professor Bekerie, a during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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