Posted: July 9, 2012 by phermc10 in Context of Film

Some new terms defined and explained! 

(This section will be updated periodically through out our analysis)

  • Griot: is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and musician. The griot is assigned by a hereditary nature of class, responsible for the teachings of tradition orally by forms of storytelling. >>
  • “Keita” is explained as a combination of “ke” meaning “inheritance” and “ta” meaning “to take.”
  • totem is an object representing an animal or plant that serves as an emblem of a group of people, such as a family, clan, group, lineage, or tribe, reminding them of their ancestry (or mythic past)
  • Sorghum ( ” I am only ignoarnt of two things: sheep and sorghum”) is a genus of numerous species of grasses, one of which is raised for grain  either cultivated or as part of pasture.


  • Burkina Faso-also known as ‘Burkina’ – a landlocked country in west Africa
  • West Africa – a region of western Africa between the Sahara Desert and the Gulf of Guinea which was largely controlled by colonial powers until the 20th century
  • griottes – the female story teller


Thal Sandy Tun


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