Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that means "Go back and get it" (San – go back; ko - to go; fa - to fetch, to seek and take). The Sankofa symbol is one of the more popular and recognizable of the Adinkra symbols. The symbol is illustrated two ways; 1) by a bird with its head turned backwards retrieving an egg on its back, or 2) as a stylish heart-shaped design.
The image of the mythological bird with its head looking backward has been interpreted and re-interpreted many different ways. More commonly, however, it is seen as embracing one’s heritage or returning to a person’s roots. It reinforces the idea of community and family and using past experiences to help build a better future.
The pleasing symmetry of the abstract designs along with their clean lines and subtle visual cues, have made them ideal symbols in tattooing, for T-shirts, on traditional cloth, building designs, and Awards.
SANKOFA – Symbol of heritage, wisdom, community, and a better future.