Dread History:
The African Diaspora,
Ethiopianism, and Rastafari

Certificate of the Tabernacle Project

Pictured here is one of the certificates sold within the international Rastafari community to fund the development of a land grant community in Shashamane, Ethiopia. Since 1992 and the 100th anniversary of Haille Selassie's birth, the Rastafari settlement in Shashamane, Ethiopia (part of a land grant given to the black peoples of the West by Emperor Haille Selassie in 1955) has come to serve as a growing focal point for the movement's identification with Africa.

photograph by Jake Homiak, Smithsonian Institution