I discovered adinkra before I knew of its meaning or relevance in African society. Many years ago my mother purchased a handful of adinkra stamps from Ghana. They lived in the basement of our home for years until one day she suggested I do something with them. That is when I began using a few of the stamps on clothing items. That is where Tribal immunity was born. Since then, I have become an independent researcher, learning about different symbols when I could and growing more interest over time.
My introduction to adinkra is not unlike many Diaspora Africans, as we find joy in learning about our ancestral histories. We see these histories in the iron and stone mason work of buildings and homes throughout the Americas and Caribbean. Adinkra no longer only belongs to the Akan of West Africa, it belongs to all of Africa’s children willing to connect with an undeniable past.
This resource contains a collection of symbols I use as well as some of my artwork. There are hundreds of adinkra that are not mentioned here, so I hope you take the time to learn more about adinkra in your free time and maybe create your own art!