• Architecture of the Kassena People •
In Northern Ghana and Burkino Faso of West Africa, situated in the Kingdom of Dagbon, you will find the Kassena people. They are a small ethnic group who all speak the same language.
The Kassena people have close knit communities. One unique thing about this ethnic group is their fascinating architecture-the structures they call home.
These homes are built via traditional methods. The builders use a fusion of straw, wood, cow dung for elasticity, earth and wood.
Kassena homes are built with thick walls to keep the interiors cool and to also keep predators and enemies away.
Another unique feature of the homes would be the small entrance doors which are about 2-3 feet long. This is not a construction default as most people would think at first sight. The Kassena people consciously make their doors small as a measure for protection and to prevent heat from getting into the homes.
The Kassena's decorate their homes with bold and geometric shapes and eccentric designs which are important symbols and all pay homage to the traditions and history of the Kassena people.
KANGA loves the uniqueness that comes with this culture! Aren't you intrigued? Go on, do some research and learn more why don't you?