First in a series Tooksipa and the Golden Stool is an ethno-tale based on the oral traditions of the Gan people of Burkina Faso, which are threatened with extinction. These traditions along with the mythology and the political, social and religious organization of the Gan people have been studied by the anthropologist Daniela Bognolo whose survey was published by the Fondation culturelle Musée Barbier-Mueller in 2010 (The Gan of Burkina Faso, Reconstitution of the History and Symbolics of a Little-known Kingdom).
Abaddan, the ethno-tale’s author, drew his inspiration from the survey carried out by Dr Daniela Bognolo to tell the story of Tooksipa, a boy who is grappling with some aspects of his community traditions to become an adult. The expressive drawings by Helder Da Silva liven up the tale shrouding some of its parts in a dramatic atmosphere and others in a cheerful one, never departing from a benevolent touch denoting a deep understanding of the Gan culture.
Author: Abbadan, Illustrations by Helder Da Silva
Published with Glénat Jeunesse. 48 pages.