Who We Are

Who We Are: "We are a collaboration of families of African Traditional practitioners coming together to venerate our Ancestors for the perpetual healing of our communities."
About our favicon: Fawohodie, an adinkra symbol meaning the "symbol of independence, freedom, emancipation". From the expression: Fawodhodie ene obre na enam. Literal translation: "Independence comes with its responsibilities."

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Here is A Way to Contribute

Do you know that it is not always money (in fact, money is the least of it) that is needed to make something happen. No, it is showing up. What that means is that YOU matter. Your spirit, your presence matters and the world is a little less brilliant when you decide to be missing or that it doesn't matter if your show up.

There is no way to convince you that YOU matter.  It is evident that we, as a people really don't feel that. After all, if we felt and believed that we mattered, why would a slogan like "Black lives matter", become so popular? If we were strong within ourselves a slogan like that would just be greeted with the response, "of course".

So there is nothing that I can say to make you believe it. If your eyes brighten or your heart lifts at the chance to sing, dance and celebrate our collective Ancestors, then maybe that will be enough to not only get you to the Celebration on June 26th but get you there at 10:00 am to be a part of altar building rituals.

So what do you think about that? You don't need to know anything or you can know it all, just show up! And bring the reason why you are here on this Earth, your spirit!

You never know what we may collectively create!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Next Fundraising Event May 22

We had our first successful "Documentary and Dialogue" fundraiser in February. It was a wonderful start!

We are hosting the next "Documentary and Dialogue" on May 22nd at Yeye's Botanica from 6-8 pm

The film starts at 6:00  and is a documentary film relevant to our community. At the end, there is time for conversation about the film's message and what it means for us.

This a fundraiser for Keepers of the Way. A donation of $10.00 is requested.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

June 26 Perkerson Park Celebration

We are underway!!!

I hope that you are looking forward and marking your calendar for the next Ancestor Celebration.

It is June 26 and it is at Perkerson Park, starting (real time) at 11:00 a.m.

Currently, we are working on the schedule, you know "man plans and Olodumare replans". What we want to accomplish during our time together on this day is:

1. to make real life connections in a welcoming and open atmosphere

2. to open up the opportunity for learning about ancestors, the establishment of altars and our responses to the ancestral call

3. provide opportunities for participants to "clean off" any negativity, releasing pain, sadness, fear, grief that has accumulated so that there is a feeling of a fresh start.

4. to honor our ancestors both known and unknown and to call forth the power of those ancestors who assisted the collective in building and joining together as a force for good, for rejuvenation and for growth.

5. to honor our ancestors by acknowledging their collective presence in our DNA and giving renewed validity to the phrase, "we are what we have been waiting for"

And here is how we are going to accomplish this.

1. we need your help! If you have any inclination at all, please look at "how you can help" page and volunteer

2. if you want to learn more about ancestor altars, then volunteer to help and one of the priests will teach you some things

3. we are going to have an ice breaking activity so that people can get to know each other a little bit better

4. we will set up the fire and water altars for the healing/clean off process. a priest will be present to help you if you wish

5. our wonderful drummers will be present to give rhythm to our prayer

6. we will learn and sing songs

7. we will have the tree for our ancestor names

8. there will be food available, ritual food as well as vegetarian/vegan items

9. we will give space to local organizations who are supportive of rebuilding our community