About the Company and Founder

About the Company - Founded in 1987, DAN AIKI PUBLICATIONS (DAP) has its major goal the propagation and popularization of the cultural and literary heritage of peoples of African, Melanesian, and/or Dravidian origin and has published over 64 titles to date. ARMCHAIR TRAVELERS, a subsidiary of DAP, deals almost exclusively in phenomenological ethnographic travelogues aimed at creating a greater awareness of the history and rich cultural heritage of the target populations. See www.blacfoundation.org for an expanded treatment of Black Languages, Arts and Culture.

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About the Founder - Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, Edward L. Powe has a Ph.D. in African Languages and Literature (specializing in Hausa) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA in Linguistics (minor in Arabic) from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a BA (with distinction) in Spanish (minor in Portuguese) from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He has traveled extensively in Africa, India, the Indian Ocean, Latin America, Indonesia, and Melanesia and has occupied various administrative and teaching positions in the US and abroad. He is proficient in 8 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Hausa, Kiswahili, Indonesian), and has also acquired sufficient knowledge of Malagasy, Quechua, Tagalog, Xhosa, Zulu, Kiché and Tamil for research purposes. He has been working almost exclusively as a writer since 1992 and is the author of all titles appearing on this site.

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