Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity

Asante peoples, Ghana
National Museum of African Art, National Museum of Natural History, purchased with funds provided by the Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, 1983-85, EJ10583

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How to wear kente


As a member of the Oyoko family, you have been invited to attend the installation ceremony of a chief of another family. In honor of the occasion, you wear a Oyokoman Ogya da mu, which means "there is fire (crisis) in the Oyoko nation." You are conveying to the new chief that he should be prudent in using his power.

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