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cultural diversity

a wide variety of cultures

kinship

a family relationship- strongest bond that west africans have

nuclear family

the parents and kids

extended family

parents, kids, and other relatives

lineage

a group of families from common ancestors

clan

a group of lineages

griot

a story teller, historian for a village or clan

matrilineal

tracing heritage through feamle lineage

urbanization

moving to cities

sahel

expanding semi-desert, on the south edge of the sahara

desertfication

when fertile land turns into desert caused by overgrazing and drought

overgrazing

killing grass by pulling up the roots, usally by animals

Geez

one of the oldest languages used by the ancient ethiopians

monastery

a school where monks live, work, and study

swahili

an ethnic gruop mixed from arabs and africans, also a language

heritage

the values, traditions, and customs handed down from ones ancestors

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