There is a story I know.  It’s about the earth and how it floats in space on the back of a turtle.  I’ve heard this story many times, and each time someone tells the story, it changes.  Sometimes the change is simply in the voice of the storyteller.  Sometimes the change is in the details.  Sometimes in the order of events.  Other times it’s the dialogue or the response of the audience.  But in all the tellings of all the tellers, the world never leaves the turtle’s back.  And the turtle never swims away.

One time, it was in Tdot, I think, a young girl in the audience asked about the turtle and the earth.  If the earth was on the back of a turtle, what was below the turtle?  Another turtle, the storyteller told her.  And below that turtle?  Another turtle.  And below that?  Another turtle.The girl began to laugh, enjoying the game, I imagine.  So how many turtles are there? she wanted to know.  The storyteller shrugged.  No one knows for sure, he told her, but it’s turtles all the way down…….King’s hadithi always inspires such positive transformashun because it’s told with such big love en truth. Always reminds me where I yam…in another place (where de indigenus folk still taking back their land), not here (in Afreeka, where massives still working for justice)…

Here we can trace de evolushun of de gradual alteration of facts in textbooks that will mold de opinion of high school en university students. This is all de more serious because de great mass of knowledge to be acquired, in de modern world, leaves de younger generashun, with de exception of professionals, no time to consult original sources en to appreciate de gap between de truth en what they have been taught. On the contrary, a certain tendency to laziness encourages dem to be satisfied with de textbooks, as if from a catechism…

To Amelineau (Abbe Emile) we owe de discovery of Osiris’ tomb at Abydos, thanks to which Osiris could no longer be considered a mythical hero but an historic personage, an initial ancestor of de Pharaohs, a Black ancestor, as was his sista, Isis. Thus we can understand why de Egyptians always painted their god/desse/s black as coal, in de image of their ‘race’, from de beginning to de end of their hirstory. It would be paradoxical en quite incomprehensible for a white people neva to have painted its gods white, but to choose, on de contrary, to depict its most sacred beings in de black color of Isis en Osiris on Nubian monuments. This fact reveals one of de contradictions of de (neo)‘modernists’ who assert dogmatically that de white race created Egyptian civilization with an enslaved Black race living by its side….

So it is dat Amelineau, after his tremendous finds en his in-depth study of Nubian society, reaches de following conclusion of major importance for de hirstory of wombankind:

From various Egyptian legends, I have been able to conclude that the populations settled in Nile Valley were Negroes, since the Goddess Isis was said to have been a reddish-black woman. In other words, as I have explained, her complexion is cafe au lait (coffee with milk), the same as that of certain other Blacks whose skin seems to cast metallic reflections of copper.

[Prolegomenes a l’etude de la religion egyptienne.Paris: Ed.Leroux, 1916]

….De political unification of de Nile Valley was effected for de first time (maybe) from de south, from de kingdom of Nekhen in Upper Egypt.

Narmer’s Tablet, re-discovered by Quibbell in Hierakonpolis, retraced its various episodes……

King Narmer was de legendary King Menes depicted on Plate 5.

De capital of de united kingdom was transferred to Thinis near Abydos. This was de period of de first two Thinite dynasties (3000-2778).by the Third Dynasty (2778-2723), centralization of de monarchy was complete. All de technological en cultural elements of Egyptian civilization were already in place en had only to be perpetuated…….

de first cycle of Egyptian hirstory ended with de collapse of de Old Kingdom. It had begun with feudalism that preceded de first political unification; it closed in anarchy en feudalism…when we consider the failure of a revolution during Antiquity, it is evident that the non-revolutionary character of the social structure is less important than de size factor….

By de third cycle…for de third time Egypt sank into feudalistic anarchy that lasted bout three centuries: 1090 to 720 B.C.  It did not end until a Sudanese Nubian intervention ignited a rebirth of national consciousness. With de entire Egyptian people behind them, de Pharaohs whose reigns formed de Twenty-Fifth Dynasty then stimulated a veritable national renaissance…

that thrives today still, depending on de hadithi we retell, kama remixed excerpts from The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King & The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality by Cheikh Anta Diop.

Hadithi? Hadithi? Hadithi Njoo….