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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