Submitted by Doris Green - March 8, 2011
The Ashanti Adowa is the funeral dance of the Akan people of Ghana. This dance is also practiced along the eastern border of Ivory Coast that has an Akan population. Although the word 'Adowa' means antelope, an antelope has no significance in the dance movement, not even in the eloquent hand movements.
Death is generally associated with the elderly therefore, most of the time when we view this dance, we see the elderly population performing this dance. But the youth also attend these funerals and they perform a much more energetic version of the dance with jumps.
You will notice the practice of 'dashing' giving money or pasting money on the head of a good performer.
[For an example of Greenotation that contains the horizontal bow, go here.]
This dance was introduced to the United States through Professor Albert Mawere Opoku and the Ghana National Dance Ensemble that came to New York in the late sixties.