What I learned this week by debgrant
I call this "Spirit-guided internet surfing." It happens. It shouldn't surprise me that the Spirit appears in places that seem so....seemy. And yet, there She is poking me to the holy places.
I was drawn to the colors and patterns of the cloth worn as scarves by African Americans.
I learned one type of cloth is called kente
I learned it has different colors and pattern variations.
I thought I might use it in some of my art.
I thought I might want to buy some cloth or
at least, a t-shirt.
That immediately felt wrong.
Typical thing for a white person to do.
Claim something for myself that doesn't belong to me.
I started surfing kente.
I learned that the patterns and the symbols have meaning.
I saw one symbol called SANKOFA that looked similar to one of my drawings.
I thought I could copy its pattern. Include it and be cool. Contemporary.
The Spirit nudged me to go deeper. To learn the meaning of SANKOFA.
I learned the name means:
San= to return ko= to go fa= to look, to seek and take
The sankofa bird has saught its past trail to take back what was lost, in order to protect its future!
One site states: Sankofa literally means to go back and get what was taken. After the term made its way to the United States, African-American scholars coin the term to mean “remembering our past, to protect our future” within the African-American culture.
I learned this was not mine to take.
This was given to me as a gift.
The gift was what it continues to teach me
about what it means to listen more deeply,
to respect more thoughtfully,
the country I called home,
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
Writer, poet, artist, human, citizen, learner, scruffy, goof.
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