Council of Elders 2011

council of elders Giwayen Mata

   The Council of Elders consists of individuals who support Giwayen Mata with their wisdom and grace. These individuals are friends of the arts who most often have worked in the arts as drummers, dancers, organizers, arts advocates and philanthropists. Our Council of Elders supports Giwayen Mata’s foundation by providing a place where the organization can go back and fetch the traditions of our African and African American heritage. The word Sankofa is an Akan word that means, “We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today.”  The Giwayen Mata Council of Elders keeps us cognizant of our purpose and responsibility as performance artists of African decent.