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Sankofa - "Go Back and Take it Forward"

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.

Sankofa



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?

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Comment by Cap'n Tony on July 5, 2010 at 7:02pm
I'd noticed that myself. Very interesting parallel there.
Comment by Tome Wilson on July 5, 2010 at 6:35pm
Not surprisingly, the symbol for Sankofa is very close to the veve for Erzulie, the Voodou loa of love and art.

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