The Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Art & Culture, Inc. (TRIAAC) is a multigenerational cultural community building bridges to Afrikan identity through the arts. Co-founded as the Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble by Ketu Oladuwa, Lisa Tsetse, and Akinlana DaDa, in the fall of 1999. The institute takes its name from its geographic location at the junction of three historically significant Northeast Indiana rivers — the St. Marys, St. Joseph, and Maumee. These essential trade routes from 1600 to 1794 were controlled by the Miami nation here at Kekionga (now Fort Wayne).
The Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble (TRJE) was established in 1999 to give 6–18-year-olds a chance to discover Afrika through drum and dance. TRJE focused on the Mande-speaking people of West Afrika as the source of its inspiration, using the Sunjata epic and its extended family formation as its organizational and artistic principle.