Description: 9″ long bead simbul with 5/8″ dia. amber bead pendant.

About: Mammy Yoko was the ruler and the leader of the Kpa Mende people, the 14 tribes Confederacy, 19th century Sierra Leone, one the first female ruler to be recognized at that time by the British as Queen, a well-deserved title. She was the exception for an administration more comfortable dealing with men, especially since a big part of British colonial strategy was to destabilize traditional matriarchal practices. This plan of disruption was specifically employed against communities where women were viewed as wise and acted as the exclusive bearers of traditional medicinal knowledge, such as with the ‘Soweis’ (leaders) of Sande bushes.

This simbul exalts her!