Local Outings - November | Ottawa Family Photography

This month's Outings challenge was to visit a local library. I'm quite sure that, other than those found at private schools, there are no libraries in Abuja. Certainly no public libraries. Initially, I though I'd skip this month, but another member of this circle reminded me about Africa's incredibly rich oral storytelling tradition.

Which reminded me of some images from Ghana that I've been meaning to share anyways.

During our trip to Ghana, we visited the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary. It's a neat eco-tourism place that is open to those visitors who would like to come and see the monkeys... but we chose to book the full meal deal: accommodations, meals, drumming and dancing at night, a visit to the forest to feed the monkeys in the morning, followed by a storytelling time with a local elder. 

Visiting the monkeys was amazing (I'll post those pictures sooner or later), but listening to the elder from the village was truly something special. He was blind and walked with a cane, but was clearly highly respected by the adults and children from the village. 

He started our time together with a prayer and a blessing (pouring some palm spirits on the dirt to thank the ancestors ), then shared three stories with us. Having studied Aesops Fables with the kids the last few years, it was interesting to note the similarities between his stories and the fables that are familiar to us. The characters in his stories were Lion, Monkey, Fish, Snake, and Spider. 

Although not "part of the tour", we were often accompanied by a little pack of village children during our time in Tafi Atome. Had we left it up to Simon, we would've stayed an extra day just to play. 

It really was a wonderful experience to include in our trip to Ghana. One that we'll never forget.

Also, vines as swings!

Next in the circle is Dokumentaarinen Perhekuvaaja // Documentary Family Photographer, Sissi Vuorjoki. The circle is rather small this month, so no excuse for not making your way through them all.

Amy Jay Photo is an Ottawa family photographer specializing in Documentary Family Photography and Birth Photography. However, at this time, I am on a short hiatus... living in Nigeria! Storytelling photography is my passion. I would love to tell your family's story... when I get back to Canada. :) In the meantime, feel free to follow along with my family as we adventure in Africa.

  • Charlotte Northrope

    on December 9, 2015

    Amy these are AMAZING - LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  • Kimberly Grimm Fyffe

    on November 30, 2015

    Oh man! I love storytelling so much! I really hope to one day travel and see things this beautiful and meaningful, gorgeous!

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