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Notable former Peace Corps Volunteers in Arts and Literature.
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Edmund Blair Bolles, author of A Second Way of Knowing (Tanzania 1966-68)
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Catherine Bowman, author of Rock Farm and 1-800-HOT-RIBS; recipient of Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize (Niger 1984-86)
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Mark Brazaitis, author of River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala (Guatemala 1990-93)
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Broughton Coburn, author of Everest: Mountain Without Mercy (Nepal 1976-78)
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Richard "Kinky" Friedman, author of Blast From the Past (Malaysia 1967-69)
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Taylor Hackford, movie producer of Ray, An Officer and a Gentleman; and The Devil's Advocate (Bolivia 1968-69)
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Kent Haruf, author of Plainsong (Turkey 1966-68)
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Bead-making is a Krobo cultural tradition that dates back more than one hundred years. Beads are made by men, women, boys and girls. The beads are usually showcased at traditional events such as chieftaincy ceremonies, infant-naming ceremonies, traditional weddings and puberty rites. Beads are also worn at funerals, and can be worn for personal beautification.
Susana Herrera, author of Mango Elephants in the Sun: How Life in an African Village Let Me Be in My Skin; contributor to Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul: Stories to Celebrate the Spirit of Courage, Caring and Commitment (Cameroon 1992-94)
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Peter Hessler, author of River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (China 1996-97)
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Lawrence Leamer, author of The Kennedy Women: The Saga of an American Family (Nepal 1965-67)
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Peter Lefcourt, television writer and author of The Woody (Togo 1962-64)
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Leonard Levitt, reporter for Newsday and author of An African Season (Tanzania 1963-65)
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Phillip Margolin, author of Gone, But Not Forgotten; and The Burning Man (Liberia 1962-64)
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Martin Puryear, sculptor (Sierra Leone 1964-66)
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Robert D. Mowry, Dworsky Curator of Chinese Arts at Harvard (Korea 1967-69)
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Bob Shacochis, author of Easy in the Island, winner of the American Book Award (Eastern Caribbean 1975-76)
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Joel Shapiro, sculptor (India 1965-67)
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Mildred Taylor, author of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, winner of Newbery Award (Ethiopia 1965-67)
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Paul Theroux, author of Mosquito Coast and Great Railway Bazaar (Malawi 1963-65) Theroux is the author of numerous books, from The Mosquito Coast to Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings, 1985-2000.
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Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, author of An American Killing (Cameroon 1965-67)
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Annabelle Townson, author of We Wait For You (Romania 2001-2003)
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Richard Wiley, author of Ahmed's Revenge and Soldiers in Hiding, winner of PEN/Faulkner Award (Korea 1967-69)
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While the tradition is clearly important, the trade is now dominated by wealthy urban merchants, and rural traditionalists are being left behind. Presently, bead-makers in rural areas use mud stoves and work beneath thatched roof structures around their homes. The rainy season often destroys the raw materials and equipment used by these beaders, drastically reducing their productivity. The importance of the tradition and the desire for a better working environment has encouraged bead-making groups in a village in Ghana to seek support. With the construction of a permanent structure for work, bead makers will be able to work together in a centralized, collaborative environment throughout the year. These experience bead-makers will also conduct lessons for youth in the area, ensuring the continuation of the bead-making tradition in this village.
[http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whatispc.notable.artsandlit Notable former Peace Corps Volunteers in Arts and literature] Official US Peace Corps Website
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The structure will also contain a storage room that will allow artisans to display their works for visitors to see. Students will be able to display their work as well, and any sales will help them pay their school bills, which is a challenge for many area children.
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Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.

Latest revision as of 13:00, 21 May 2014


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Bead-making is a Krobo cultural tradition that dates back more than one hundred years. Beads are made by men, women, boys and girls. The beads are usually showcased at traditional events such as chieftaincy ceremonies, infant-naming ceremonies, traditional weddings and puberty rites. Beads are also worn at funerals, and can be worn for personal beautification.

While the tradition is clearly important, the trade is now dominated by wealthy urban merchants, and rural traditionalists are being left behind. Presently, bead-makers in rural areas use mud stoves and work beneath thatched roof structures around their homes. The rainy season often destroys the raw materials and equipment used by these beaders, drastically reducing their productivity. The importance of the tradition and the desire for a better working environment has encouraged bead-making groups in a village in Ghana to seek support. With the construction of a permanent structure for work, bead makers will be able to work together in a centralized, collaborative environment throughout the year. These experience bead-makers will also conduct lessons for youth in the area, ensuring the continuation of the bead-making tradition in this village.

The structure will also contain a storage room that will allow artisans to display their works for visitors to see. Students will be able to display their work as well, and any sales will help them pay their school bills, which is a challenge for many area children.

Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.