SAAMR Glossary + Definitions Tome

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Version Release 1.0_20200818

Cultural Competency

Critical Concept



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Ipet Isut

Ancient Center of Learning

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Kemet (KMT)

Ancient Country

Kemet is the true name of the landmass commonly and incorrectly referred to as Egypt. Kemet or KMT has been found to mean "Land of the Black Soil" and "Land of the Black."


Field of Study

The field of Kemetic history. It was conceptualized and created by Master Teacher Ancestor Dr. Asa Hilliard.

Medu Neter (MDU NTR)


The true name of the language of the Kemetians (Egyptians). It is commonly and incorrectly referred to as the Greek-rooted word hieroglyphics.

Nsw or NSW


Ancient Kemetic (Egyptian) title for their male co-leader of state, which is commonly referred to as the King or the Greek term Pharaoh.

Nswt or NSWT


Ancient Kemetic (Egyptian) title for their female co-leader of state, which is commonly referred to as the Queen or the Greek term Pharaoh.



From the Greek word 'Pyramis', which means "Wheat Cake." The Greek's referred to the ancient North African temples Pyramids. This is due to the fact that it reminded them of wheat cakes from their homeland. It is important to note this improper classification of the monument however.

Thanks to the research done by Anthony Browder, we are now able to utilize the true term, 'Mir', 'MR' [me-eer] and it means 'Place of Ascension' in the ancient Kemetian language of Medu Neter.

Sankofa [pronounced: san-co-fah]


Sankofa originates from King Adinkera of the Akan people in the Twi language from Ghana, located in West Africa. In the Twi language of the Akan people the term Sankofa is expressed as “se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki,” which means that it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you have forgot. It is a concept that is expressed by a bird in a forward stance with its neck reaching back towards an egg. It is also broken down as ‘san’, meaning to ‘go back’ + ‘ko’, meaning ‘go’ + ‘fa’ which means to fetch, seek, and take.

A quote by Master Teacher Ancestor Dr. John Henrik Clarke showcases the meaning of Sankofa through a powerful delivery of how it is relevant to everything in our lives. He states, “History is not everything, but it is a starting point. History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It is a compass they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It tells them where they are, but more importantly, what they must be.”


Ancient Artifact

The large megalithic monuments erected across ancient Africa that is directly from the Ancient African creation story originating in Kemet. It is commonly and mistakenly referred to as the Greek-rooted term Obelisk.


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