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> From: John & Sandra Barrick <astroboy>
> To: Louise <lutton.us>; artsednet.edu
> Subject: Re: Adinkra/and saying Thanks
> Date: Monday, April 13, 1998 6:24 PM
> I think perhaps saying thank you should be a part of every letter. I did
> take the time to figure out how to mask and paste and then send it out
> to you after asking for it. All I got back was a rude comment. Look
> below.As an Example to your students,please don't forget to say "Thank
> You" to the people that help you whether that be another teacher,
> artist,child parent or volunteer.
> Wanted to tell you that we did use "Art from many Hands" as part of our
> resource books. I think it's fine to take and use as you like. If you
> look at other fabric from different parts of Africa you can see
> traditional clothes with many colors. This does depend on region,culture
> and material available. Adinkra cloth is ceremonial and each symbol
> has a different meaning.
> Look up-
> "Into Indigo"by Claire Polakoff
> "Ancient and Living Culture Series;West Africa:Ghana" By:Goodyear books
> "West African Cloth,Denver Art Museum of Natural History",By:Kate P.
> Into Indigo-
> This book includes Adinkra cloth of Ghana,it has other colors listed
> besides brown. Black, Brown, yellow,red,vermillion.
> >From an article in the Ghana Newa,entitled "Making an "Adinkrah" Cloth",
> suggested other possible origins,one theory being that in ancient Ghana
> the kings of Ashanti, Denkyira, and Tekyiman wore adinkra which their
> guild of designers were the first to design. Another possibility was
> that King Adinkra actually wore Adinkra cloth during a battle in which
> he lost his life,and the cloth was taken as a trophy after he was slain.
> "Adwinkena" means the art of designing cloth,and the term "adinkra" is
> thought to be a corruption of that word.
> The "adinkra" designs were originally used to decorate funerary
> cloths,but such cloths are now used for many different occasions.
> Your welcome regardless, However in the future if you ask someone for
> something ,remember they are sharing with you something they have.I
> think putting them down is not the way to go. Also we never made place
> mats. We made long banners out of cloth. We also made large sheets
> they could take home and do what they wanted with. after all I think the
> product is not more important than the process. If one child even
> remembers a little of the culture or History you may have taught them
> what does it matter what sort of project they did.
> It also seems people are stuck with the idea that "Africa" is a place
> that Tarzan Lives and hasn't modernized since Hollywood has gotten
> hold of it.
> Louise wrote:
> > Somehow printing in colorful paints to make place mats doesn't make it
> > me or multiculturalism.
> > Sincerely, Louise