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Avainsanan arkistot: History

The Rise of the Queens

The Rise of the Queens is a fusion of traditional East-African dancing, Afro-Brazilian fight-dances and Menard Mponda’s own music and choreographies inspired by stories about three African Queens of water. They are said to be present in the everyday life of all women. In the same way as water can be the symbol of life […]

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Monenlaiset on Kuninkaatki maailmassa

Kurkistus historiaan! Alla oleva teksti on julkaistu Oulun Wiikko-Sanomia -lehdessä numerossa 50, 17.12.1831. Tuohon aikaan nykyisen Ghanan alueella olevat linnakkeet muodostivat Tanskan kultarannikko -nimisen alueen, joka olemassaolo loppui vuonna 1850, kun linnakkeet luovutettiin Britannian kultarannikolle. Tekstin Villa Karolle ja päivänvaloon kaivoi freelance-toimittaja Manu Paavola.   Afrikaksi kuttutussa maailman osassa, 420:en penikulman paikkoin Lounasta kohen meijän tienoiltamme, on […]

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Visit to Abomey and a Spoonful of History

Scholarship holders Marjo, Rea-Liina, musician Susanna Hietala and I visited the royal palaces of Abomey. This place is of great historical importance, since it was once the capital of the great Dahomey kingdom famous for its wealth and army of Amazons, but also for slavery. Today it’s a UNESCO world heritage site. The palace carries […]

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This is Grand-Popo – and some history

Click on the map above and you’ll see the village of Grand-Popo! This map was drawn some years ago by Finnish artist Tini Sauvo, and as she writes, it is an outline ment to give the idea of the village: and to encourage to discover and find new paths. Life in Grand-Popo is lively and […]

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Visit at the Museum: “Le petit musée de la Villa Karo”

As some people already know, Villa Karo has a small museum collection, created by Juha Vakkuri and Matti-Juhani Karila and first opened to public in 2001. The objects in the collection bring together, in many different ways, West African and European or Finnish traditions and histories. The collection illustrates traditional African beliefs, especially vodun, but […]

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