Across the Centuries Chpt. 5-West Africa

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savanna

a flat grassland in tropical or subtropical regions

sahel

a strip of land that divides the desert from wetter areas

delta

a low triangular area where a river divides before entering a larger body of water

matrilineal

tracing descent through the female line

patrilineal

tracing descent through the male line

griot

a storyteller

diviner

a person who was believed to communicate with the spirit world and to help other people and who was believed to have healing powers

ancestor worship

worship of ancestors

kinship

family relationship

Nok

West Africa's earliest known culture; lived in what is now Nigeria; between 500 B.C. and A.D. 200; first people known to smelt iron; fashioned iron into tools for farming and weapons for hunting

Soninke

Tribe that founded the empire of Ghana

Mansa Musa

Mali's greatest ruler who came to power in 1307

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