Nok

'God has given you one face, and yet you make yourself another' Shakespeare. Never conform to the status Quo. This blog is inspired by knowledge of the old world and truth. Email: Nok_ind@yahoo.com

historydepicted:

Here’s a big project I worked on a while ago, depicting the ancient glory and modern destruction of the Nubian pyramids at Meroë. The two images are shot from the same perspective so you can flip between them. To learn more about the Nubian culture, their relationship with Ancient Egypt, and why and when the pyramids were obliterated, check out the fuller history at historydepicted.com !

The Italians and british took this place apart due to greed and arrogance this has happened all over the continent. Our collective histories and cultures have been appropriated raped then disregarded.

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nok-ind:

Dahomey’s female hunters, the Gbeto, attack a herd of elephants.

nok-ind:

Dahomey’s female hunters, the Gbeto, attack a herd of elephants.

Lupita reminds me of a Kandake of kush. If they were going to make a film about the Kushites Lupita would play a Kandake. In the film she mush visit the Great temple of Ptah.

The Empire of ancient Ghana
The empire of ancient Ghana created by the Mende (Soninke) with human habitation dating back to at least around 4,000 BC.

Ancient Ghana was located in what is now southeastern Mauritania and western Mali.
Today the area around Dar Tichitt in southern Mauritania has been the subject of much archaeological attention, revealing successive layers of settlement near what still were small lakes as late as 1200 BCE. At this time people there built circular compounds, 60-100 feet in diameter, near the beaches of the lakes. (‘Compound’ is the name given to a housing type, still common today, in which several members of related families share space within a wall.) These compounds were arranged into large villages located about 12 miles from each other. Inhabitants fished, herded cattle and planted some millet, which they stored in pottery vessels. This was the last era of reasonable moisture in this part of the Sahara. By 1000 BCE the villages, still made up of compounds, had been relocated to hilltop positions, and were walled. Cattle were still herded, more millet was grown, but there were no more lakes for fishing. From 700-300 BCE the villages decreased in size and farming was reduced at the expense of pastoralism.

Architecturally, the villages of Dar Tichitt resemble those of the modern northern Mande (Soninke), who live in the savanna 300-400 miles to the south. These ancient villagers were not only farmers, but were engaged in trade connected with the salt and copper mines which developed to the north. Horse drawn vehicles passed through the Tichitt valley, bringing trading opportunities, ideas, and opening up the inhabitants to raids from their more nomadic northern neighbors. Development of the social and political organization necessary to handle commerce and defense must have been a factor in the subsequent development of Ghana, the first great Sudanic empire, in this part of West Africa.

It is very plausible to think that the people of antiquity in Ancient Ghana may be connected to the Ancient peoples who lived in the Sahara before it turned into dessert. Additionally Habitation of the region where the Ghana empire existed is much older than Western academics are aware of.

(Source: city-data.com)

THE AFRICAN SCIENCE BEHIND THE AFRICAN ZOO TYPES OF ANCIENT EGYPT

THE /UPPER NILE/NUBIAN ORIGINS OF ANCIENT EGYPTIAN WILDLIFE/ANIMALS AND ZOO TYPES.. THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE ANIMALS AND DIETIES OF ANCIENT EGYPT. EGYPT’S INDIGENOUS AFRICAN ANIMALS. THE METU NETER SYMBOLIC LANGUAGE ORIGINS

Ancient Egyptian “Blackness” in the Graeco-Roman Imagination

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[image description: A bust of King Tutankhamun showing him with dark skin and text overlaying it, “Ancient Egyptian ‘Blackness’ in the Graeco-Roman Imagination”]

Alex Proyas’s new film “The Gods of Egypt" is getting ready for release in 2016, and to nobody’s surprise was formerly slated to have an all-white cast starring Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (from "Game of Thrones") and others. After a determined campaign by petitioners pushing for more historic accuracy, black actor, Chadwick Boseman was cast in a supporting role in the film adding a drop of color to the all-white cast. 

But why are we still having this discussion in the first place? Why does it take a petition drive for a white director making a film about ancient Egypt to think, “Oh wait, maybe ancient Egyptians didn’t look like they were from Scotland?” Why do Hollywood representations and the popular imagination of ancient Egyptians almost always cast them as either white people (in the modern sense) or as really “tan white people”?  I find conceptions and constructions of race and ethnicity to be fascinating, and have explored it in my research during college, and also on this site in my extended piece on conceptions of “Whiteness” in European contexts.

The “debate” on ancient Egypt, though, frankly bored me because race is not a biological but rather a social construct. For us to retroject our own conceptions of race onto the past is inherently anachronistic and so if “blackness” meant little to ancient Egyptians and the world they inhabited (despite them clearly being a black and brown people) then why should it matter to me?

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[image description: A movie still of the white British-American actress Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in the 1963 film Cleopatra]

I was therefore fascinated to stumble across an extended work of scholarship by a young scholar named Tristan Samuels titled “The Riddle in the Dark: Rethinking ‘Blackness’ in Greco-Roman Racial Discourse.” In this extensive 146 page work, Samuels explores the constructions of “blackness” from the Greek and Roman perspective. These, the actual ”dark skinned white people” (in the modern sense) of antiquity clearly and systematically labeled and saw Egyptians and other peoples as “black” in their world (as a racial characteristic and parameter in “othering”), and so this “debate” did in fact matter. Much of this essay will therefore be spent exploring the ideas laid out in Samuels’ impressive work, but to start I’d like to explore how the ancient Egyptians saw themselves.

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There is a ridiculous lie that eurocentrics like propagate, which is that black Africans never even created the wheel. Below are ancient Saharan rock paintings (over 7,000 years old) showing horse drawn chariots.

Click here for more on the ancient Saharans.

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Religion is the deification of a people’s culture. Therefore religion empowers the people in who’s culture the religion is expressed. 
— Dr. Yosef Ben Jochannan

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diasporicroots:

Black Pirates.

During the ‘ Golden Age of Piracy’ Some estimate that nearly 5,000 pirates hunted prey between 1715 and 1726. Of that number, about twenty-five to thirty percent came from the cimarrons, black slaves who ran from their Spanish masters. Other blacks joined after pirates attacked slave ships. For example, when Sam Bellamy and his fellow pirates seized a “Guinea Ship,” twenty-five blacks went on the account. Stede Bonnet’s crew also included former slaves and freemen, and of the eighty sea rovers who followed John Lewis were numbered at least forty blacks from English colonies. Francis Sprigg’s cook was black and entrusted with dividing the spoils equally for the crew.


Not all black pirates were known by name. For example, thirty men escaped enslavement on Saint Thomas and went on the account in August 1699. A mulatto amongst Stede Bonnet’s crew had a confrontation with a white sailor who refused to sign the articles of agreement. After cursing the man, the black pirate wondered “why I did not go to the pump and work among the rest, and told me that was my Business and that I should be used as a Negroe.” (Kinkor, 199) Captain Bonnet overheard the exchange and concurred with the pirate – a man was either a sea rover or a slave, regardless of his color or status.

In his article “Black Men under the Black Flag,” maritime historian Ken Kinkor includes a chart listing various pirate captains and how many blacks were members of their crews. It can be said that the crews of some of the most successful pirates, including Samuel Bellamy and Blackbeard, were largely made up of ex-slaves.

  • Samuel Bellamy (1717) – more than 27 out of 180 men
  • Edward England (1718) – less than 50 out of 180 men
  • Edward Lowther (1724) – 9 out of 23 men
  • Blackbeard (1717) – 60 out of 100; (1718) – 5 out 14
  • Oliver La Bouche (1719) – 32 out of 64 men

These five pirate crews are but a small sampling of those listed, and they indicate these men were active members of the crew. Sometimes, they were the most fearsome and most trusted of the pirates, the men who boarded prizes first. They did not, however, always receive the same punishment as other pirates when captured. Whereas their comrades often went to the gallows, black pirates were often returned to the men who owned them, or they were sold into slavery. This was the fate of John Julian, a Miskito Indian, after he survived the wrecking of The Whydah Galley. Rather than try him for piracy, he became the property of John Quincy of Braintree

For example:

Black Caesar (died 1718) perhaps one most famous pirates of African descent The story goes that he is one of the only pirates that didn’t spill his guts when captured.  For nearly a decade, he raided shipping from the Florida Keys and later served as one of Captain Blackbeard’s chief lieutenants aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge. He was one of the surviving members of Blackbeard’s crew following his death at the hands of Lieutenant Robert Maynard in 1718. Caesar’s Rock, one of three islands located north of Key Largo, is the present-day site of his original headquarters and named in his honor.

Henri CaesarHaitian slave (Also known as Black Caeser)

Assisted in the removal of slave holders alongside L’Ouverture and his followers during the haitain revolution .Later, Caesar and his men took over a Spanish ship moored offshore, and thus became pirates in the Caribbean (much unlike Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise movies). When things got too dangerous in his native waters, he took off for the Florida Keys.

Now, he is said to haunt Key Largo and is apparently an honored guest at the Key Largo Piratesfest.

Other black pirates worth mentioning are James Black, Thomas Gates, Richard Stiles, and James White, and Hendrick Quintor.

Source 1: http://www.cindyvallar.com/blackpirates.html

Source 2: http://www.largeup.com/2011/05/25/burning-looting-top-10-actual-pirates-of-the-caribbean/

Source 3: http://thepioneerwoman.com/homeschooling/2011/01/real-pirates-of-the-caribbean/

In AC4, the first Assassin’s Creed game with a purely white protagonist (although it he isn’t, because he is a descendant of the people in the other games, and Connor is his grandson.  He physically looks white though.), the first mate is a black escaped slave.  He actually is getting his own 3-4 chapter story that you get access to if you buy the season pass.  Adwale is awesome.  <3 

I wrote this a while back, it was my work colleague who was watching a play through of the new Assassins creed that finally gave me the motivation to post this. 

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Happy independence day Nigeria

Journey to Amalgamation, is about the creation of modern Nigeria. The documentary takes viewers on an engaging journey from the early empires and great city-states to the legends of pre-colonial Nigeria and the stories of those individuals who fought valiantly to preserve the sovereignty of Nigeria in the face of colonial rule. Dangote Group supported the production of the documentary because of the company’s unwavering belief in Nigeria and the importance of celebrating her history.

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“Ancient West African contributions to Science and Technology with Robin Walker: Lecture, Discussion and Book Launch”
presented by Robin Walker in London 6th August 2013 19:00 
Timbuktu with its ancient West African university and 700,000 old manuscripts has been much in the news. What is in those manuscripts? What do they tell us about ancient West African science and technology?   This lecture and book launch addresses the role of early West Africa in the evolution of mathematics, astronomy, metallurgy, medicine &amp; surgery, navigation, and architecture. Also at the seminar, Robin Walker ‘The Black History Man,’ will be launching his new book Blacks and Science Volume Two.   Come along to the lecture, discussion, and book launch. You will learn about:  
The West African ruler who explored the Atlantic Ocean to Central America 181 years before Christopher Columbus.The Timbuktu scholars who mapped the orbits of the planets 600 years ago.The Dogon thinkers who created ideas resembling big bang theory and parallel universes 700 years ago.The West Africans who pioneered the smallpox vaccine even before the era of the slave trade.How new dietary ideas such as ‘calorie restriction’ and the ‘fast diet’ are actually of ancient West African origins.
Full details below:
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Venue: Learie Constantine Centre, 43-47 dudden Hill Lane NW10 2ET - Near Willesden Bus Garage
Nearest tube: Dollis Hill.
Buses: 302, 297, 260, 266
Date: 6th August 2013
Time :7pm sharp 
Contact: Any enquiries: call 07956 371 126 or email healthtruths4u@hotmail.co.uk
All adults are welcome to come along, learn, ask questions and be inspired!
£5 on the door,  Children under 16 pay £3.
7pm sharp.



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diasporicroots:

“Ancient West African contributions to Science and Technology with Robin Walker: Lecture, Discussion and Book Launch”

presented by Robin Walker in London 6th August 2013 19:00 

Timbuktu with its ancient West African university and 700,000 old manuscripts has been much in the news. What is in those manuscripts? What do they tell us about ancient West African science and technology?
 
This lecture and book launch addresses the role of early West Africa in the evolution of mathematics, astronomy, metallurgy, medicine & surgery, navigation, and architecture. Also at the seminar, Robin Walker ‘The Black History Man,’ will be launching his new book Blacks and Science Volume Two.
 
Come along to the lecture, discussion, and book launch. You will learn about:
 

The West African ruler who explored the Atlantic Ocean to Central America 181 years before Christopher Columbus.The Timbuktu scholars who mapped the orbits of the planets 600 years ago.The Dogon thinkers who created ideas resembling big bang theory and parallel universes 700 years ago.The West Africans who pioneered the smallpox vaccine even before the era of the slave trade.How new dietary ideas such as ‘calorie restriction’ and the ‘fast diet’ are actually of ancient West African origins.

Full details below:

________________________________________________________________

Venue: Learie Constantine Centre, 43-47 dudden Hill Lane NW10 2ET - Near Willesden Bus Garage

Nearest tube: Dollis Hill.

Buses: 302, 297, 260, 266

Date: 6th August 2013

Time :7pm sharp 

Contact: Any enquiries: call 07956 371 126 or email healthtruths4u@hotmail.co.uk

All adults are welcome to come along, learn, ask questions and be inspired!

£5 on the door,  Children under 16 pay £3.

7pm sharp.


This should be a good talk catch me there.

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