Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Rites of Reclamation
Rites of Reclamation have the explicit purpose of reclaiming African culture. These rites can include taking an African name; giving children African names; adopting African dress and cultural practices; celebrating Kwanzaa, Odunde, Juneteenth, Fi Wi Sinting, or Nakumbuka Day; traveling to the slave fortresses of West Africa; making pilgrimages to Kernet; and practicing traditional African religions. These are just a few of many activities that could be considered rites of reclamation. Whatever form they take, Rites of Reclamation have been an essential aspect of the African experience since Africa's encounter with Europe in the 15th century. In more recent times, Rites of Reclamation have focused on efforts to reclaim African cultural values. Kwanzaa is a prominent example of this because it is inspired by African ...