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Since Kwasi was a child and his father and grandfather and, yes, great- great-grandfather Kwasi and all his village lived collective communication in the cool shade of the sacred boabab or mango trees in their villages. Beneath the palaver tree misunderstandings were resolved and critical community issues were discussed under the direction of the village elders. Villagers explained points of view and together, through group consensus, reached a final decision. But the palaver tree stood for more than group discussions and problem solving: it was the place of the festivals, the harvest celebrations and where the traveling storyteller would set up his camp in the evening to spin the tales of a place & time far off and free from the worries of rural farming.

-- Michael Land, 1992

Georgia Institute of Technology

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