Social Studies - 2019-20

WG.9 d - Cultural Influences and Landscapes of Sub-Saharan Africa

The student will analyze the characteristics of the Sub-Saharan African region by 

d) recognizing cultural influences and landscapes. 

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

A variety of cultural traditions exist as a result of the diversity of ethnicities and populations throughout the region. This range of ethnicity can be found both from state to state and within states

ESSENTIALS

Cultural characteristics 

  • Uneven population distribution 
  • Many ethnic groups, languages, and customs 
  • Large numbers of refugees as a result of political, ethnic, and environmental crises 
  • Knowledge of history through oral tradition (i.e., through griots) 

Cultural heritage 

  • Masks 
  • Sculpture 
  • Dance 
  • Music, drumming 
  • Colorful traditional dress 
  • Jewelry 
  • Griots 

Cultural influences 

  • European influences from colonization and decolonization have greatly influenced the region. 
Cultural landscape 

  • Markets 
  • Churches 
  • Mosques, minarets 
  • Villages 
  • Modern city cores and schools

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jun 13, 2018