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Chapter 5/6

West African Societies and Empires

TermDefinition
rifts a long, deep valley formed by movement of the earth's crust
sub-Saharan Africa Africa south of the Sahara
Sahel a semiarid region in Africa just south of the Sahara that separates the desert from the wetter areas
savannah an open grassland with scattered trees
rain forests a moist, densely wooded area that contains many different plants and animals
extended family a family group that includes the father, mother, children, and close relatives
animism a belief that bodies of water, animals, trees, and other natural objects have spirits
silent barter a process by which people exchange goods without contacting each other directly
Tunka Manin King of the Empire of Ghana, his kingdom was visited by Muslim writers
Sundiata Founder of the Empire of Mali, his reign is recorded in legends
Mansa Musa Mali's most famous ruler a Muslim King
Sunni Ali Emperor of the Songhai, he conquered Mali and made Songhai into a powerful state
Askia the Great leader of the people's rebellion. A general named Muhammad Ture
oral history spoken record of past events
griots a West African story teller
proverbs a short saying of wisdom or truth
kente a hand-woven, brightly colored West African fabric
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