RSG Chapter 5 Lesson 1 West African Culture and Daily Life

In this lesson you will learn about daily life, the development of the economy, and the oral tradition of early West Africa.

Lesson 1

West African Culture and Daily Life

Villiage Life in West Africa

Farming, Herding, and

Trade and Regional Commerce


As west African cultures developed complex trade systems, some powerful individuals called kings gained control of this system.  Many people were loyal to the king because he kept trade running .

The Oral Tradition in West Africa



Through a collection of stories told by storytellers called.

Terms and Names

  • a connection among people by blood, marriage, or adoption
  • a group formed by kinship groups with a common ancestor
  • when people in a society focus on specific types of work
    labor specialization
  • a West African storyteller