Publication Date

Fall 1997


Under the Kapok Tree: An Exploration in Dagbon is the result of a month of cross cultural research in Tamale and Yendi. Structured around the theme of the enskinment (installment) of the female chief of Gundogu, the paper seeks to elucidate the details and symbolism of this ritual, to uncover its origin and history, and to orient these findings within Dagomba society by using insights gained on the role of chieftaincy, and the role of royal class women in the community.