Architecture, Mural Decoration and Pottery in Sirigu Culture

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JUNE, 2009
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Sirigu, with its extraordinary traditional architecture, mural decorations and pottery, genuinely is one of the most artistic communities in the Upper East Region of Ghana. These splendid art forms have inspired and attracted many admirers over the years. However, very little is known about the nature of the above art forms in the Sirigu society. The central focus of the study therefore was to examine the raw materials, motifs and techniques used in creating the above mentioned art forms, as well as to ascertain their cultural and philosophical significances to the people of Sirigu. The study was carried out with the aid of interview guides, photographs, illustrations, participant and non-participant observational techniques, note taking, voice recordings, as well as review of relevant literature. The research revealed that architecture, mural decoration and pottery in Sirigu culture, was evolved to meet the needs of the people. The art forms possessed a large volume of the cultural beliefs and history of the people of the society. The study also explicitly exposes the raw materials used in producing the art forms are obtained from the immediate environment, and are organic in nature. The research underpinned the fact that the above mentioned art forms have important tourism potentials, and if properly harnessed, could be of great benefit to the Sirigu people. The major recommendation is to sustain the art forms as well as assist in boosting tourist inflow to the community to improve the standard of living of the people.
A Thesis Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts (African Art and Culture)