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Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Choreographer
Dance Professor
Dancer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Crane-Crane, Cussava Leaf
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
God Doesn't Give You Anything You Can't Handle.

Birthplace

Born:
8/9/1947

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Choreographer
Dance Professor
Dancer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Crane-Crane, Cussava Leaf
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
God Doesn't Give You Anything You Can't Handle.

Birthplace

Born:
8/9/1947
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Biography

Dancer, choreographer, artist and educator Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker was born on August 9, 1947, in Sierra Leone, Africa. Caulker studied with the National Dance Company of Ghana at the University of Ghana, Legon, then returned to the United States.

In 1969, Caulker founded the Ko-Thi Dance Company after returning from Ghana. The company was created to develop, educate, showcase and preserve African, Caribbean and African American dance and music. In the beginning, the company’s entire repertoire was created by Caulker. However, through the years, she developed and nurtured veteran choreographer/dancers and musicians who now contribute into the repertoire. Over the past thirty years, Caulker has developed a cadre of commissioned works by master dancers and musicians from throughout the African Diaspora.

Caulker began teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1971, creating the University’s first courses covering African, Caribbean and African American dance technique and history. Caulker then became a full professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Dance Department.

Since 1981, Caulker and the Ko-Thi Dance Company have created major full length evening works, collaborating with various international artists from across world cultures, (East Indian, Irish), and cross disciplines, (Jazz and the spoken word), merging cross cultural forms such as the South African 'Boot Dance' and Tap. In 1995, Caulker received a Fulbright Research Fellowship, which allowed her to study in Tanzania, East Africa, for three months. While doing her own research, Caulker also taught at the University of Dar es Salaam, lectured children in the Arusha United African American Cultural Center and assisted a UWASA cultural group. In 1999, Caulker served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Arts in Education for the Wisconsin State Superintendent, and the following year, served for the National Endowment for the Arts 2000 Dance panel. She has proudly served on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Arts Board.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker recalls her early awareness of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes her paternal ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes her father's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker recalls her early experiences in the United States
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes her likeness to her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes the Sande initiation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker remembers living with her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker talks about American attitudes toward African culture
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes her early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker remembers Custer High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes her early personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes her early interest in dance
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker talks about Pearl Primus
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes the Katherine Dunham Company's legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker talks about the importance of history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker recalls her courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker talks about her dance philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes her dance training
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker recalls her dance experiences in Ghana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker recalls visiting the Elmina Castle in Ghana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ferne Yangyeitie recalls visiting the Elmina Castle in Ghana, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker talks about South African dance traditions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker remembers founding the Ko-Thi Dance Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker talks about African American dance companies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes the Ko-Thi Dance Company's educational outreach
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes the growth of the Ko-Thi Dance Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker talks about gentrification in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes her hopes for the black arts community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker reflects upon the success of the Ko-Thi Dance Company
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker talks about discrimination in funding for the arts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes Ko-Thi Dance Company's performances
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker reflects upon her life and legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes her life philosophy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker narrates her photographs