Africa has a diverse population and distinct cultures. Africans belong to many different ethnic groups, speak thousands of different languages, and practice a variety of religions. African cultures also influence other cultures worldwide. In the past, enslaved Africans carried their culture and music to other parts of the world. As a result, the heritage of Africa is seen and heard today in the United States and other countries. For example, modern forms of music, such as jazz, rock and roll, and rap, have their roots in African music.
ETHNIC AND LANGUAGE GROUPS
Which group do Africans have a stronger connection with, their ethnic group or their country/government?
A person’s ethnic group is most commonly defined by their _______________________________.
__________________________________ is the most widely spoken language in East Africa.
Because of Africa’s history of colonization, __________________________________ & _________________________ are common languages in Africa.
Most people in Africa practice ________________________________ or _____________________________.
In addition to the major world religions some Africans practice traditional religions that believe that a supreme being, other gods, and the spirits of dead ancestors, all influence everyday life.
______________________________ and __________________________________ are important elements of weddings, funerals, religious ceremonies, and other expressions of community life.
The roles that people play in ceremonial dances reflect their _______________________________.
In addition to music and dance Africans have a rich history in storytelling traditions. Storytellers who pass down these traditions are called _________________________________.
FAMILIES (Social Groups)
Families are very important to the people of Africa. People in rural areas live in
________________________ families, while people in cities live in __________________________________families.
Many African families are also organized into clans. What is a clan? __________________________________