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Chapter versions:  most recent updates

Portal webpages in HTML format are continually updated with supplementary material, as annotated in the Updates and Revsions link.  HTML and PDF chapter files are updated simultaneously.  So that readers who have downloaded chapters in PDF format may know that they are reading the most up-to-date versions, the list below shows the most recent upload dates of currently posted chapter revisions.
 

John Chernoff’s Introduction

1 Preamble:  Trees 2016-11-07
2 Dagbon:  Close from a Distance 2013-10-12
3 Relative Systems 2015-11-09
4 The Anthropological Heritage 2017-04-22
5 Dagbon:  Closing the Distance 2015-04-27
6 The Ethnographic Seed 2015-07-01
7 The Translation 2015-05-13
8 The Creative 2016-03-11
9 Testament:  Mumuni's Eulogy 2015-05-14
10 The Treasure 2015-05-14
11 The Receptive 2015-07-22

Volume I:  The Work of Drumming

1 The Benefits of Friendship 2014-02-07
2 The Dagbamba Way of Living 2014-02-07
3 The Sense of Dagbamba 2011-02-07
4 Respect and Living Together 2014-02-07
5 The Way of a Stranger 2014-02-07
6 Greetings 2015-10-02
7 Messengers 2015-09-30
8 The Debt of the Stomach 2015-10-01
9 Patience, Truth, and the Talks 2015-10-01
10 The Work of Drumming 2017-10-27
11 The Respect of Drumming 2017-06-20
12 Other Musicians of Dagbon 2017-02-27
13 How Drums Are Made 2015-10-01
14 How a Drum Is Beaten 2015-10-01
15 Proverbs and Praise-Names 2015-10-02
16 The Praise-Name Dances 2015-10-02
17 How a Person Should Dance 2015-10-02
18 Baamaaya and Group Dances 2015-10-30
19 Takai and Tora 2015-11-17
20 Funerals 2015-11-20
21 Muslims' and Chiefs' Funerals 2016-05-01
22 How Children Learn Drumming 2016-11-07
23 Traveling and Learning 2016-05-01
24 Drum Chieftaincies
25 How Drummers Share Money 2016-05-01

Volume II:  Old Talks

1 Forbidden Talks
2 How Drummers Learn History
3 The Origins of Dagbon
4 Naa Nyagsi and Naa Shitobu
5 The Yaa-Naa and His Elders
6 The Organization of Chieftaincy
7 How Princes Get Chieftaincy
8 How Chiefs Judge Cases 2015-09-25
9 The Drum History
10 Naa Luro and the First Gonja War
11 Naa Zanjina and Islam
12 The Second Gonja War
13 The Cola and Slave Trades
14 Pre-colonial and Colonial Eras
15 The Modern Era
16 The Fire Festival
17 The Damba Festival 2016-11-07
18 Kpini, Ramadan, and Chimsi 2016-11-07
19 The Dagbamba Belief in God 2015-10-30
20 Islam in Dagbon
21 The Pilgrimage to Mecca 2015-10-02
22 Soothsayers 2015-10-02
23 The Priests of the Land 2015-10-02
24 Gods and Shrines 2015-10-02
25 Medicine 2015-10-02
26 Drummers' Medicines 2015-10-02
27 Diseases and Medicine
28 Madness 2015-10-02

Volume III:  In Our Living

1 Farming in Dagbon 2015-05-16
2 How Dagbamba Farm Yams 2015-08-26
3 The Work of Guinea Corn 2015-08-26
4 Rice Farming 2017-02-27
5 Groundnuts, Shea Nuts, Kpalgu 2017-06-18
6 Markets in Dagbon 2015-08-26
7 Modern Work and Development 2017-02-27
8 Family and Lineage 2017-06-06
9 How a Family Separates 2017-06-06
10 What Makes a Family Strong 2017-10-26
11 The Benefits of Children 2015-10-26
12 How a Child Is Born 2015-12-24
13 Special Children 2015-10-26
14 How Children Live 2015-10-26
15 How Villages Girls Grow Up 2015-10-26
16 How Village Boys Grow Up 2015-10-26
17 How Dagbamba Marry 2017-01-10
18 Bachelors 2017-06-21
19 Marrying Many Wives 2015-01-16
20 Household Economics 2015-01-16
21 Marriage and Love 2015-01-26
22 Women's Work 2017-06-22
23 Sex and Rivalry 2015-01-27
24 How Dagbamba Divorce 2015-01-27
25 Widows 2015-01-27
26 The Life of Old People 2015-02-04
27 Alhaji Ibrahim's Conclusion 2015-05-05