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a flat grassland in tropical or subtropical regions


a strip of land that divides the desert from wetter areas


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


tracing descent through the female line


tracing descent through the male line


a storyteller


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


family relationship


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


Tribe that founded the empire of Ghana

Mansa Musa

Mali's greatest ruler who came to power in 1307

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