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West African Culture Powerpoint presentation created by: Sally Horowitz Library Media Specialist Northside Elementary Midway, KY
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West African Storytelling Africans love a good story and a good storyteller. They are primarily an oral people (their stories are not written down, but told verbally), and are often created to be performed with music and dance. Histories and stories of a people that come to us in a spoken and sung form are part of what is called an oral tradition. Oral tradition means that the stories are told rather than written down. Because people hold the oral tradition in their memory, sometimes the story changes with the telling. Have you ever played telephone?
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African Storytelling A great deal of what we know about West Africa comes from the griots (storytellers), but archaeologists are often surprised by new finds. In the last twenty-five years, scholars have concluded that civilization developed in West Africa as much as one thousand years earlier than expected. We now know that Africa had an Iron Age culture with cities and trade routes about 250 years Before the Common Era.
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Griot (storyteller)
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Who is Ananse? Ananse (also spelled Anansi) is one of the most popular characters in West African storytelling. He is a trickster. Trickster tales use animal characters with human features to help us understand human nature.
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Where is West Africa?
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