CALABASH STAMPS: The inside of a dry, thick-skinned calabash is covered with shea butter for a year to slightly soften it. Then the craftsman cuts off a piece with a knife, draws the pattern onto the outer skin with a pencil, then carves away the negative space with a gouge. Paul Nyamaah Boakye carves more than 70 different symbols, each of which represents a proverb, belief, or philosophy. Photo by Carol Ventura

CALABASH STAMPS: The inside of a dry, thick-skinned calabash is covered with shea butter for a year to slightly soften it. Then the craftsman cuts off a piece with a knife, draws the pattern onto the outer skin with a pencil, then carves away the negative space with a gouge. Paul Nyamaah Boakye carves more than 70 different symbols, each of which represents a proverb, belief, or philosophy. Photo by Carol Ventura

An American sailor passionately kisses a nurse as thousands jam into Times Square to celebrate the long-awaited victory over Japan in World War II.

An American sailor passionately kisses a nurse as thousands jam into Times Square to celebrate the long-awaited victory over Japan in World War II.

Adinkra Symbols from West Africa  (go to http://www.adinkra.org/htmls/adinkra_index.htm to see the meaning of each symbol)

Adinkra Symbols from West Africa (go to http://www.adinkra.org/htmls/adinkra_index.htm to see the meaning of each symbol)

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