1. What were griots?Griots were West African storytellers.They werethought as historians, entertainers, as well asstorytellers.Also known as a verbal artist.
Folktales were told in West Africa because it was away to entertain one’s audience, but yet teach theyoung people lessons as well as preserve WestAfrica’s history.
West Africans used proverbs to give advice or toexpress ideas.These proverbs promoted deepthought and intellect.
15.3 ~ West African Music
1. Why was music important in West Africa?Music was important in West Africa because itcommunicated ideas, values and feelings. It was usedin various celebrations: historic events, weddings,funerals, and ceremonies that honored theirancestors.
Call and response was a method to alleviate stressand to lessen the pain of hard physical labor. Itbasically got people’s minds off the task that theywere doing and allow them to think of other things.
15.4 ~ West African VisualArts
1. Why were masks an essential part of West African culture?West African Masks were used to honor their deadancestors and to celebrate everyday events.
The Kente cloth is the most famous textile in WestAfrica.This cloth is used to tell the history of theperson who made the cloth/design and to alsoexpress values, politics and other events that arehappening around West Africa.