Going Native

January 21st, 2010

Going Native - Behind The Awkwardness

“My sister was home from the Peace Corps and brought us some traditional clothing from Ghana so we could send these photos back to her host family. Awkwardness ensued.”

(submitted by Ashleigh)

87 Responses to “Going Native”

  1. Missy says:

    One man. Five Women. One Man’s Best Friend. I am certain this is one happy fellow.

  2. Brizy says:

    Ok, when I first saw this pic, I instantly thought someone was making fun of Nazi Concentration Camps. Not cool!

  3. bec_87rb says:

    This family is ADORABLE! It’s apparent that they’re fun people and also probably happy.

    Seriously, don’t you wanna strap on something ethnically inappropriate and join them?

  4. tommylove! says:

    wait… is this for real???

  5. Connie says:

    I love that they are all good sports and put these on for the picture. I just love families like this, which is why I love this website.

  6. Ruth says:

    I bet she made them eat the traditional Ghana meal while they wore these outfits.

    • Charlene says:

      I hope she did. Traditional West African food is delicious. Although she wouldn’t have to “make” them – one waft of the cooking smells and they’d be begging.

  7. jeanette says:

    except for the tile that looks EXACTLY like my grandads house. =wonders if carpet was ripped up after it was sold=

  8. Boppie says:

    I love how Grandma’s trying to dress things up with some low heels :D

  9. Amanda says:

    Ever watched, “Boy in the striped pyjamas”? I get a bad taste when I see this picture. I thought it was some kind of Concentration Camp themed costume party.

  10. Dizzy says:

    Without reading the caption the first thought I had was Jewish concentration camp.

  11. George P says:

    Is Ashleigh the pouty girl in the middle?

  12. Aleia says:

    What my dear sister neglected to mention when she posted this pic is that she looks pissed because I have just suggested that we wear our cool outfits to her high school graduation.

  13. You Ghanna wear this?

    Hell no!

  14. Tara says:

    This is awesome! Happy to see Northern Ghanaian garb representing on awkward family photo! I am equally pleased to finally know someone on this website. I should have known it was only a matter of time! Nice work friend, nice work! And I’m with Chelsea, I’m sure her host family LOVED this picture!

  15. Bk says:

    The UFO never arrived so they went with Plan B; doggyback rides to planet Zaney.

  16. Chelsea says:


    And to confirm… yes Peace Corps sister is second from the left… I served in Ghana with her! This made my day to see this on here! :) And no they aren’t prison garb or umpires or anything else. It’s the local dress in the North of Ghana, the pieces are hand woven on a loom and then sewn together… the women wear dresses, the man (grandfather here) has on a smock, its what chief’s wear in the North. This would not have been a cheap present… all of it hand woven and hand sewn… so I’m sure her village loved that her family wore it and are now famous on awkwardfamilyphoto.com, my favorite website!

  17. Nakyr says:

    Funny…the one in the Birkenstocks has the right idea…she’s hiding behind the woman in front of her…”U won’t have black mail pix on me” lol

  18. Lydia says:

    Let’s start with the headgear – I know Ghana and I think the ‘ladies’ could have used a bit of advice on the ‘stylin’ and I don’t know any self-respecting Ghanian woman who would be so insensitive as to imitate a concentration camp victim! The background looks pretty decent? De host family was probably horrified because the cheap little boga didn’t put them in Kente!

  19. Tim says:

    “OK, break’s over – back to the sweat shop, ALL of ya!!”

  20. Chris says:

    I’m “Ghana” have to say “no” on the traditional tribal wear!!!

  21. anne says:

    I wonder which family felt more awkward about this photo.

  22. bmj2k says:

    Is Grandpa wearing traditional Ghana sans-a-belt slacks?

  23. Jeff B. says:

    OMG! It’s a jailbreak!

  24. Amanda says:

    Im guessing the sister is the second to last one of the left. Because she looks like the only one enthused about it.

  25. T-Rex says:

    Peace Corps: Spreading the awkward.

  26. Springjack says:

    It’s like a giant seersucker convent!

  27. Jeff says:


  28. meve76 says:

    I love the one who’s trying to hide on the left!

  29. mrs5180 says:

    Kinda freaked me out at first–the outfits initially looked similar to the ones the women at Auschwitz wore….

  30. Tara says:

    Peace Corps Lady…2nd from the LEFT has to be…Tan and Happy!

  31. CATrina says:

    This is the same tactic zebras use to blend in so it’s harder to be singled out by lions.

  32. Nan says:

    Ghana? Or Guantanamo?

  33. Uncuw Biww says:

    it does go well with those black pumps!

  34. dennylou says:

    Until I read the caption, I thought it was some sort of “theme” slumber party where everyone had to wear the same nightshirt and nightcap. I like the woman on the far left who is obviously trying to hide.

  35. rwblake says:

    Uh, I think the dog is giving his opinion of the prisoner type outfits.
    That leg definately looks raised for #1.


  36. mark says:

    It looks like bedtime at the jail or maybe the umpire college.

  37. taino sam says:

    I don’t know why, but this picture reminds me of the movie “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”.

  38. Artisticulated says:

    Okay, so like, Ghana right? Is the whole country a prison?

  39. Lisa says:

    Nice of her to stimulate their local economy by this bulk purchase, though!

  40. Lindsay says:

    Is that a fish on your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? :)

  41. jhuitz says:

    Is the dog spraying them? Do they do that?

  42. Piglet says:

    What? No outfit for the dog?

  43. Nancy says:

    Let me guess – the sister-in-law is the one in the Birkenstocks.

  44. Shonda says:

    I think they look cute, especially the one who looks like the mother or grandmother. However, I can just hear that dog saying, “I can’t believe this is the family I wanted to live with. I just can’t believe it. Where did I go wrong? Did I wag the wrong way? Should I bite someone?”

  45. jensco says:

    Don’t you just hate it when somebody shows up for the party wearing the same dress as yours??

  46. Mala says:

    So cute! I bet her host family loved it!

  47. TJ says:

    hope they didn’t cost her much

  48. amigo says:

    someone looks pretty nonplussed about the garb.

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