Monday, December 28, 2009


Kwanzaa is a unique African American celebration with focus on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement. Kwanzaa is neither political nor religious and despite some misconceptions, is not a substitute for Christmas. It is simply a time of reaffirming African-American people, their ancestors and culture.

Here is my project using the Midnight Oil Perfectly Shaped Build A Book shaped chipboard and a Clearly Designed Show Off panel for the front cover--

Kwanzaa is based on the Nguzo Saba (seven guiding principles), one for each day of the observance, and is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st.

Umoja (oo-MO-jah) Unity stresses the importance of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying, "I am We," or "I am because We are."

Ujima (oo-GEE-mah) Collective Work and Responsibility reminds us of our obligation to the past, present and future, and that we have a role to play in the community, society, and world.

Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah) Cooperative economics emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support.

Nia (NEE-yah) Purpose encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community.

Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) Creativity makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community.

Imani (ee-MAH-nee) Faith focuses on honoring the best of our traditions, draws upon the best in ourselves, and helps us strive for a higher level of life for humankind, by affirming our self-worth and confidence in our ability to succeed and triumph in righteous struggle.

Kujichagulia (koo-gee-cha-goo-LEE-yah) Self-Determination requires that we define our common interests and make decisions that are in the best interest of our family and community.

For more information about Kwanzaa click here




kellyjean said...

LOVE it, Pam! What a fun way to teach our children! I can just see you sitting down with the boys long after the holidays are settled and sharing such fine tratditions with this lovely book. Sweet!

wendy @licketysplitscrapbooks said...

Very nice!

Marisa said...

Wow Pam! Beautiful album! This is a family treasure that will be enjoyed by many generations!

Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire said...


This album is gorgeous! I love the earth tones and the messages. Thank you for sharing these important messages and educating us on the meaning of Kwanzaa:)

Happy Holidays to you!

Carolyn Lontin said...

What a gorgeous album!!

AmesOx said...

Pam this is a beautiful album. I love it!!!

Brown Sugar Babies said...

Oh I LOVE THAT!!! I showed my son, because he is forever asking me ques about kwaanza and why we dont' celebrate it. You should join us on Scraps of Color, if you aren't already a member - the ladies would love this!!

Gloria Stengel said...

Awesome, Pam. And thanks for teaching us! I had no idea the deeper meaning of Kwanzaa. Great job!

debbiefitz said...

Pam, this is amazing - I love the explanations about Kwaanza too. Awesome post!