Week 4: Landscapes
Cultural landscapes are created by people’s interaction with the world around them. These landscapes provide a sense of place and identity, they map our relationship with the land over time, and they are part of our national heritage and each of our lives.
West Africa has many important landscapes. For example, Sukur is ancient settlement with a history of iron technology, wide-spread trade, and a vast political system. The landscape is characterized by terraces on the farmlands, dry stone structures and stone paved walkways. The Great Mosque of Djenné in Mali represents more than just a religion temple. It is the center of the entire city and is where the people of Mali congregate to eat, shop, and build community.
The students broke off into their clans and each studied a different area in West Africa. They focused on major cultural landscapes. The information was then complied and turned into brochures.
The “Burger Spiders” focused on Gambia
The “Swimming Cheetahs” focused on Sierra Leone
The “Lions” focused on Liberia
Unfortunately, the internet was down at the school during our session this week, therefore the research had to be completed on the assistants’ phones. This caused the research to mostly be done individually, instead of as a whole group. Despite this small technical issue, the students still seemed to learn a great deal about their country. After completing research individually, the whole class came together and discussed their favorite landscapes discovered. Students’ answers listed below:
COUNTRY: NATURAL – FEATURE – OTHER LANDSCAPE
GAMBIA Hippos Gambia River Stone Circle
SIERRA LEONE Rainforests The Moa River Supreme Court Building
LIBERIA Guinean Forest Mt. Wuteve University of Liberia