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THE GRIOT IN AN AFRICAN VILLAGE

Griots are traveling storytellers, a tradition that began in the ancient kingdoms of West Africa. Griots continue to exist to this day, preserving a people’s history and traditions. The griots' role has traditionally been to preserve the genealogies, historical narratives, and oral traditions of their people; praise songs are also part of the griot's repertoire.  In this workshop, you will imagine a griot telling stories around a campfire in a West African village. Then make a tabletop model of the griot campfire and a traditional village structure.

Materials Needed

Cardboard base - cut from a mailing box

Small, recycled box(es) for the structure (round  or square ones are great)

Cardboard scraps

Construction paper – especially green & brown

Scissors

Tape

Glue stick and/or Elmer’s glue

Optional: tissue paper, twigs & pebbles, toothpicks, bottle caps, egg cartons, markers etc.

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