Medieval Africa Flashcards


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griot

a special class of African storytellers who help keep alive a people's history

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diviner

a person who is believed to have the power to foretell events

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lineage group

an extended family unit that has combined into a larger community

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matrilineal

tracing lineage through the mother rather than the father

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patrilineal

tracing the lineage through the father

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plateau

a relatively high, flat land area

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savanna

broad grassland dotted with small trees and shrubs

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stateless society

a group of independent villages organized into clans led by a local ruler or clan head without any central government

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subsistence farming

the practice of growing just enough crops for personal use, not for sale