The Sankofa Bird is an Adinkra symbol of the Akan people of Ghana. Its name in the Twi language means "go back and get it." It depicts a mythical bird looking back to retrieve a precious egg before it can move forward. The lesson is that we must take the most valuable lessons from the past and use them in order to best move forward.
I made this mini drawing while traveling to Lake Malawi last weekend and it also incorporates Malawian chitenje and basket patterns.
"Sankofa expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress. The literal translation of the word Sankofa and the symbol is 'it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.' The Akan people believe the past serves as a guide for planning the future. It is this wisdom in learning the past which ensures a strong future."
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All drawings are created on acid-free archival heavyweight paper. I use Tombow dual tip watercolor pens which are set in place with fixative. Paintings are made on triple primed canvas panels and the acrylic paints are then fixed with varnish. For best possible protection against fading over time, original artwork should be kept out of direct light. Drawings should be protected by a sheet of UV filtered glass.
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