Why wasn’t a West African dialect of Bantu used for this holiday? That’s where AA are all from. Ah well:
Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in God, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Aja guides me, Oshun inpires me, Yemaya shall recycle my remains and may Oya receive my soul on the Universe’s behalf.
I visited Yemaya at Sedna’s seashore and found treasure. I’d never believe that San Francisco’s Ocean Beach would be a sea pebble paradise, but it is! Yesterday for Creativity I found a blue lined shell and today I took home plenty of yellow ochre stones for my tatting and wire jewelry project. I intend to revisit my craftswoman skills and adorn my new home with my creations. Sure, I will practice my New Year’s resolution of spending less money on new stuff and more on experiences, but found object sculture doesn’t cost much 🙂 What I am hoping by August is to have the option of buying a share in the house I live in and if so, I know my scrimping., saving and hard work on my latest commission won’t be in vain. I hope all of my friends secure homes of their very own within five years. We’re not getting any younger.
“I wish you pleasant electric waves in the new year…”
-Hana of Furuba