Abd El Hakim Awyan (Hakim for short) is an indigenous wisdom keeper, recognized Elder of the Awyani tribe (Eye clan of Egypt), and Keeper of the Keys. Hakim grew up near the pyramids of the Giza Plateau and The Sphinx. Hakim is a griot who learned the oral tradition of the ancient Egyptians. Hakim is a master of the ancient Al Khemitian wisdom tradition. He obtained degrees in Egyptology and archaeology, and over sixty years of professional field experience. As Hakim taught us, “Egypt is not part of the Middle East. Egypt is part of Africa,” and he was proud of the living African oral tradition, which he so lovingly shared.
Hakim decoded the origins of ancient Egyptian symbols through tracing the linguistic roots of words. Trained as an archaeologist in Scandinavia, Hakim was able to bridge modern archaeology with indigenous wisdom offering a well-rounded perspective on ancient Kemet. Hakim was one of the first official Egyptologists and he proudly guided groups of tourists to sacred sites and to the Egyptian Museum for 5 decades. His legacy continues as many of his children are also wisdom keepers.
Hakim did not subscribe to the idea of linear evolution. He taught, from oral tradition that everything occurs in cycles or stages. There were periods of high science, spirituality, as well as ages of decline and ignorance. His traditions taught him that humanity extends back thousands, if not millions of years. Hakim was able to recount the last 65,000 years of history for all the tribes of the world. He represents an unbroken line of griots extending back indefinitely.