Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Art & Culture
Our name is taken from the three rivers that meet just northeast of Main Street, in Fort Wayne, IN. Those rivers—St. Joseph, St. Mary’s, and Maumee, and their confluence at the western edge of the Great Black Swamp—were the natural highway for the Miami people who inhabited this land prior to the invasion of the American settlers in the late 18th century. Kekionga, as it was then known, because of the rivers was the capital of the Miami nation.
Afrikan Art and Culture
As a place of learning, the institutional focus of TRIAAC is the living culture, history, and art of indigenous Afrika. Here young people, adult, and elders can find unique opportunities to experience Afrikan American culture. Our aim is a well-balanced perception of one’s cultural heritage, which is essential to productive human expression and community engagement.
Mandé Music Focus
Through the traditional drumming of the Mandé-speaking people of West Afrika TRIAAC teaches a centuries old cultural practice that is symbolic of community solidarity and family integrity. Beginning with the liberation of Guinea in 1958, Mandé Music has become one of the singularly most popular music traditions across the globe. Worldwide it is played and combined with other cultural music forms in countries from Australia to South and Central America, throughout Asia and Europe, and more recently in North America. At TRIAAC drumming is a healing art, and community-building practice, that strengthens perception, and ensemble relationships.