While listening to the Fresh Air interview of the Carolina Chocolate Drops fiddler/vocalist Rhiannon Giddens brought up the concept of "Sankofa", an Akan word meaning to "go back and take [from the past into the present/future]". This ancient saying came across with the slaves and its symbol (below) has been unearthed on slave graves in Manhattan.
The CCD describe this term as indicative of their resurection of the nearly extinct Black String Band tradition, mostly subsumed today by Bluegrass or tainted by Minstrel Show corruptions. They are "taking back" the old traditions and making them new. Dare I say they are Reconfiguring?
And dare I say this is one of the core elements of *Punk? To take back the old, to reconfigure it into something New and Meaningful?