"15 women and 9 ancestors, life and religion of the Bulsa of Northern Ghana"

With the number of Africans studying or working in Germany continuously increasing it is perhaps a good time to illustrate African everyday-life and its material culture in an exhibition, to make them known to a larger public and remove old prejudices. While most ethnological publications are aimed at a specialized  academic readership, an exhibition tries to address different social groups at different educational levels: school classes and their teachers, university students, people of all ages who are interested in foreign civilisations and possibly even those whose culture is involved.

This exhibition attempts to give an insight into the life, structure and inventory of a Bulsa compound in the rural part of Northern Ghana.

Starting in the beginning of 2004, Miriam Grabenheinrich (M.A., Institute of Ethnology, University of Münster) had the idea of having an exhibition on Bulsa culture, based on Franz Kröger's collection of Bulsa material objects in the Institute. At an early stage, she found collaborators for this project in Dr. Sabine Klocke-Daffa, Kerstin Brünenberg (M.A.), Dr. Franz Kröger, and subsequently in about 21 students of ethnology. Three professors, Hartmut Brückner, Norbert Nowotsch and Dr. Reinhold Happel kindly joined the project together with three students of the Fachhochschule Münster (University of Applied Sciences, Department of Design).

The exhibition concentrates on Anyenangdu Yeri, a big compound in Wiaga-Sinyansa and its inhabitants. After a general representation of Northern Ghana and the Bulsa, the visitor is lead through different departments of the exhibition showing important aspects of Bulsa culture and everyday life, e.g.:

The compound: Anyenangdu Yeri and its families

Children at home and at school

House and household of a woman

Religion: ancestors, shrines, soothsayers

Crafts, agriculture and market

Cultural Change and globalisation (Bulsa in Germany, the ethnographer)

In addition to about 300 objects and numerous photos, the exhibition includes three films on

(1) everyday life in a traditional compound, (2) sacrificing to an ancestor and (3) a Bulsa family in Accra. A visitor who wants to learn more about Bulsa culture can find information in an accompanying book (edited by Miriam Grabenheinrich and Sabine Klocke-Daffa), which includes contributions by Bulsa and German authors (Ghanatta Ayaric; Pauline Akankyalabey; Rüdiger Schott, Barbara Meier, Ulrike Blanc, Miriam Grabenheinrich and Franz Kröger).

More information on the exhibition (in German) can be found on the website of the Westfälisches Museum für Naturkunde Münster