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The Ujamaa Collective is a non-profit organization of women of African descent who are entrepreneurs, artisans, artists and individuals who are committed to serving their community through leadership. Through Ujamaa, artisans will have an economic outlet for their work, micro-enterprises will have the support to grow, customers will gain access to locally-produced items, and Pittsburgh will have a regional destination to draw customers and visitors to the Historic Hill District.

Adinkra series.......introducing the "Funtunfunefu-Denkyemfunefu"

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Adinkra series.......introducing the "Funtunfunefu-Denkyemfunefu"

LaKeisha Wolf

Adinkra - Funtunfunefu symbol

This brass keychain is made by traditional artists in Ghana. The criss-crossed reptile represents the Adinkra symbol Funtunfuneyu-Denkyemfunefu, meaning "Siamese crocodiles".

This is the symbol of democracy and unity.

The Siamese crocodiles share one stomach, yet they fight over food. This popular symbol is a remind that infighting and tribalism is harmful to all who engage in it.

 

(www.adinkra.org)

Story:

Funtunfuneyu and Denkyemfunefu were two crocodiles that had only one stomach but struggled over which one should have the food. In the Akan myth, these crocodiles are from the same family group and resemble each other. They possess the same stomach so whatever one crocodile eats benefits the other. The paradox of the story is that whatever one of them eats is good for the other, yet they still quarrel over food. 

To read the meaning behind this story, check out the book:

The Adinkra Dictionary by W. Bruce Willis

 

 

(you can purchase this book, here at Ujamaa Collective Boutique)