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Calcutt-West African

West African Empires vocabulary

rift long, deep valleys formed by the movement of the earth's crust
sub-Saharan Africa Africa south of the Sahara
Sahel a strip of land with little rainfall that divides the desert from wetter areas
savannah open grassland with scattered trees
rainforests moist, densely wooded areas
extended family father, mother, siblings, and close relatives living in one household
animism the belief that bodies of water, animals, trees, and other natural objects have spirits
silent barter process in which people exchange goods without contacting each other directly
griots storytellers of early West Africa
oral history a spoken record of past history
proverbs short sayings of wisdom or truth
kente a hand-woven, brightly colored fabric
Created by: calcutts