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2.en.15. February outing to La Caixa: Folklore, Griots, storytelling and Senegal. Homework

Folklore: The traditional beliefs, myths, tales, and practices of a people, transmitted orally.

Every culture has its own traditions and folklore. In fact, if we investigate the origin of the word folklore, we’ll learn that it is derived from folklore. This word revived folk in a modern sense of “of the common people, whose culture is handed down orally”.

In the first term, with Emili, in your Spanish lessons you talked about popular traditions and celebrations in Majorca. In Catalan lessons, Bernat has already told you some stories, Rondaies, which are part of the oral tradition of the Balearic islands, handed down from one generation to another.

This month, we’ll go on an outing to La Caixa to take part in a workshop about folklore in Senegal, and in March we’ll have the opportunity to learn more about music and traditions in another African country, Morocco.

In this first outing, we shall learn the importance of storytelling in Senegalese culture, and why the the GRIOTS, professional storytellers, play such a major role in the transmission of values and traditions.

In order to prepare this outing, we’ll do different activities connected with Senegal to find out information about its geography, population, religion and floklore.

In this video you’ll be able to listen to some traditional Senegalese music played by a Griot, to keep you going while you answer the questions.


  1. How big is Africa? Find out the size in square km and compare it with the size of Europe.
  2. Where is Senegal?
  3. What are the bordering countries of Senegal?
  4. How big is it? Compare it with two other African countries and with Spain.
  5. What is its population? Compare it with the population of Spain.
  6. What is the climate like?
  7. What about its geography? Are there any high mountains?
  8. Can you name a tree which is associated with this country?
  9. When did Senegal become independent?
  10. What is/are the official languages?
  11. What is the main religion?
  12. What is Tiébou Dienn ?
  13. What is a boubou?
  14. Where is Dakar?
  15. What can you find in the island of Gorée?
  16. Who was Léopold Senghor?
  17. What’s the gross domestic product of Senegal? Compare it with the gross domestic product of Spain.
  18. Can you name a musical instrument from Senegal other than the Kora  you saw in in the video?
  19. Can you name any famous musician from Senegal?

Homework: Senegal web race

This time it is not a Paris Dakar race, but a web race to see how long it takes you to answer this set of questions. Deadline  will be next Friday. Rules: One person, one answer. Follow the order, and correct  mistakes if you discover any in previous answers. Part of the homework is copying the whole set of answers by Thursday, so we’ll be able to correct it together on Friday. Maybe you’ll surprise me and you’ll have finished  everything by Tuesday, let’s see. As usual, post your answers to the blog.

Resources:

Apart from wikepedia, you can visit the following sites:

This site has information about other African countries, but the part about Senegal is interesting and easy to understand:

http://www.calacademy.org/exhibits/africa/exhibit/facts/index.html

Some short videos of Senegal. This site is in French:

http://www.colby.edu/lrc/projects/texte.html#introduction

Some interesting pictures about dances in Senegal:

http://www.senegalaisement.com/senegal/photos_galerie_senegal.php?mcle=Senegal%20bassari

Good sites in English:

http://www.sakho.com/country.html

http://www.everyculture.com/wc/Rwanda-to-Syria/Senegalese.html

An interesting site to find out about slavery and Senegal:

http://www.studentsoftheworld.info/sites/art/3294.php


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1 febrer 2010 - Posted by | blog quest, música, sortides | , ,

33 comentaris »

  1. 17)$20.61 miles Of million and in spain is $194 millons.

    Comentari per LuK 'S | 3 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  2. I could’nt do it before.

    1)Africa is bigger than Europe.Andrea the difference between Africa and Europe is 5.024.085 km2, not 21.172.922 km2.
    2) Claudia, the percentage of Muslims is 95% in Senegal, not 84%.
    3) Angel, declair is not in the past. Should be DECLAIRED.

    Comentari per mealemany | 2 febrer 2010 | Resposta

    • No Marta, Europe is 11.100.000, and 30.272.922 – 11.100.000= 21.172.922.

      Comentari per andrea199762 | 2 febrer 2010 | Resposta

      • Sorry, 30.272.922 – 11.100.000= 19.172.922.

        Comentari per andrea199762 | 2 febrer 2010

    • Marta is a 84%. Look at Wikipedia.

      Comentari per india16 | 2 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  3. 11) The main religion is Muslim 84%

    Comentari per claudiapg | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  4. 10)The official language is the french.

    Comentari per jlny7288 | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  5. 9) In 1960, Senegal declair the independence of France.

    Comentari per angelblanch | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  6. 16)
    Léopold Senghor was a leading poet and philosopher, as well as leader of the independence movement.

    Comentari per 144lala | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  7. I’d put before

    Comentari per juditell | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

    • It´s not true.

      Comentari per india16 | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

      • Yes, I’ve started writing when no one had put anything.

        Comentari per juditell | 1 febrer 2010

  8. 8. The boabab tree.

    Comentari per juditell | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

    • Why you repeat the question?

      Comentari per india16 | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  9. 8) Baobab.

    Comentari per india16 | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  10. 7) Senegal consist of sandy planes, in the southwest are the highest point.

    Comentari per philline | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  11. 6) The climate is very calid.

    Comentari per aina | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  12. 5) Senegal poblation is: 11.400.000 habitants, the poblation in Spain is: 42.600.000 habitants.

    Comentari per juanmiguel97 | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  13. 5) Their population is 12.379.000 peoples.
    In Spain is 9.000.000

    Comentari per peptoni xD | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

    • Spain population is 46.745.807.

      Comentari per india16 | 2 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  14. 4) Senegal is 197.000 Km2 comparative and Mali, Mali is biger for Senegal, Mali is 1.242.ooo Km2 and Mali is biger comparative Gàmbia, Gàmbia is 11.000 Km2. Mali is smoller comparative for Spain, Spain is: 504.500 Km2.

    Comentari per juanmiguel97 | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

    • Juan Miguel, why you repeat the question?

      Comentari per india16 | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

    • Senegal is 197.000 Km2 comparative with Mali, Mali is biger than Senegal, Mali is 1.242.ooo Km2 and Mali is biger comparative with Gàmbia, Gàmbia is 11.000 Km2. Mali is smaller comparative with Spain, Spain is: 504.500 Km2.

      Comentari per india16 | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  15. 4) It’s 30.272.922 km2.
    Africa is bigger than France.
    Russia is bigger than Africa.
    Spain is smaller than Africa.

    Comentari per tatidt | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  16. 14)Dakar is the capital city of Senegal, located on the Cape Verde Peninsula

    Comentari per jhoannacorrea | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  17. The boardings for the senegalis: Mauritània, Gambia, Guinea-Bisau, Guinea and Mali.

    Comentari per juanmiguel97 | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  18. 3) Mauritania, Malí, Guinea and Guinea – bissau are the countries than bordering Senegal.

    Comentari per zandalie | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  19. Maria, where we need to anwser? On Our notebook or in the blog?

    Comentari per Daryl Jade | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

    • In the notebook you have to copy all the questions and answers,
      and in the blog you have to follow the “link” we are doing one to one.

      Comentari per zandalie | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

      • Is only the anwser Daryl.

        Comentari per india16 | 1 febrer 2010

  20. 2) In the south of the Sénégal River in western Africa.

    Comentari per sarabouza12 | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

  21. 1) África is 30.272.922 km2. The difference between Africa and Europe is 21.172.922 Km2.

    Comentari per andrea199762 | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta

    • I think is better ´´ Africa have _´´:)

      Comentari per india16 | 1 febrer 2010 | Resposta


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