#MathArtChallenge Day 71: Sona Drawings

Given what’s happening in my community right now, I felt it was necessary to highlight some Black brilliance today.

The Challenge: (Re)create a Sona drawing. I did a couple hours of research yesterday (which is totally insufficient to fully understand it), but what I can tell you is that these drawings originate with the Chokwe people in southwestern Africa, specifically Angola and the southern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The drawings are told in conjunction with a story, and the goal of most is to draw them in as unbroken a line. Please check out some of the resources below, and if you have others to add, I’d love to see them and link them here.

As you can see, I made a number of mistakes in doing these. I wanted to leave those mistakes in because I think it’s important, as a teacher, to model making mistakes, and also because I want you to appreciate the challenge of some of these drawings. To draw in a wholly unbroken line is not always an obvious task.

All of the drawings I did here were highlighted in the articles I found – not yet confident enough to create my own images, although this is absolutely a thing I’ll return to when I’m done.

Click to access EllisMathematicsofSona.pdf

Click to access sona_african_sand_drawing_ebooklet_2.pdf

Mathematical_Experiments_with_African_Sona_Designs

Author: Annie Perkins

Math Teacher in Minneapolis, MN.

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