Peoples & Societies


The south-central forest of Ghana is home to the Twi-speaking Asante peoples, who number about two million. Their expansive territory has three distinct regions, each organized into a kingdom. An agrarian peoples, the Asante make art that varies widely in both subject and form. Asante art—whether religious, political, or pertaining to daily life—is infused with symbolic meaning that derives from the human or natural world.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 300.

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