sankofa

Jun. 24th, 2014 12:04 am
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer  suggested I make a papercut "folk sankofa." If, like me until a couple hours ago, you have no idea what a sankofa is, here's what wikipedia has to say:

Sankofa can mean either the word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates in English to " reach back and get it" (san - to return; ko - to go; fa - to look, to seek and take) or the Asante Adinkra symbols of a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its back, or of a stylised heart shape. It is often associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi," which translates "It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten."

 

The Sankofa symbol appears frequently in traditional Akan art, and has also been adopted as an important symbol in an African American and African Diaspora context to represent the need to reflect on the past to build a successful future. It is one of the most widely dispersed adinkra symbols, appearing in modern jewelry, tattoos, and clothing.


Thanks, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer !

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