We know the days leading up to your campus arrival date can drag on, and that many students are eager to get back into the swing of things. With this in mind, we thought we’d give you an opportunity to channel your anticipation and creative energy. As part of our 2021 orientation offerings, the library … Read more
I’m a rising senior here at Wes, and last semester I had the amazing opportunity to work with Professor Wendi Field Murray in the Archaeology & Anthropology Collections (AAC) to build a tutorial centered around Museum Collections Care and Management. In the coming months, I will be sharing some of the lessons I learned.
The gankogui is a metal percussion instrument from the Ewe people in Ghana. It is made of two metal bells – one large and one small – fused together at the neck where a long thin handle is attached. Like many other metal tools in Ghanaian society, it is crafted by a blacksmith, who sources the material from scrap metal from cars, broken farm tools such as hoes and machetes, and even from other broken gankoguis.
About the instrument
The janggo, or janggu in folk styles, is a Korean drum, perhaps the most prominent of Korean percussion instruments. The body is carved into a hollow hourglass shape from a solid piece of paulownia wood, and stretched pieces of animal skin are fastened to metal hoops to form the heads on either side.
It’s been just over a year since the University Archives first asked for your experiences related to COVID-19. Thank you to all those who responded, we’ve been slowly adding all the submissions to our Digital Collections. We have a new project aimed at the whole Wesleyan community to find out what this year has been like. Postcards … Read more