Learning About Life in Other Cultures – The Sankofa Bird…African Studies

Thank you Mikki Addison, a wonderful grandma to one of my piano students. Mikki told me about the Sankofa Bird. This is the symbol mythical bird from the Akan tribe in Ghana, West Africa meaning: "It is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind."

San - return                    ko - go                    fa - look, seek and take.

The Sankofa's ability to fly makes it a symbol of communication. There is great value in memory. Many believe that there must be movement and new learning as time passes. As this forward march progresses, the knowledge of the past must never be forgotten. The Twi language of Ghana translates to "Go back and get it".

The Rite of Sankofa is an African rite-of-passage ceremony that takes place each May.  The ceremony honors not only the graduates, but also those that helped them to get where they are today. This includes families, mentors, faculty staff, fellow students and friends.

Sankofa Quote: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

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