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gold earrings. Mali. Land of Gold & Griots. A griot of today. mudcloth. Prepared by. Carol Almarez Elementary Instructional Technology Alleghany County Public Schools 2005. Sundiata: The Lion King. Prince of the Mandinka people, who were conquered by cruel Susu

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gold earrings


Land of Gold & Griots

A griot of today


prepared by

Prepared by

Carol Almarez

Elementary Instructional Technology

Alleghany County Public Schools


sundiata the lion king
Sundiata: The Lion King
  • Prince of the Mandinka people, who were conquered by cruel Susu
  • In 1230, he conquered the Susu people
  • Under Sundiata, Mali prospered
  • Died in 1255
mansa musa
Mansa Musa
  • Several kings ruled after Sundiata’s death
  • Mansa Musa was grandson of Sundiata’s half brother
  • He became the greatest king of Mali in 1312
  • Under Mansa Musa, Mali became a great trading center

MiniFact: Mansa means Emperor or King

the hajj
The Hajj
  • Mansa Musa was a devout Muslim
  • Muslims must make a journey to Mecca called a ‘hajj’
  • Mansa Musa crossed Africa to reach Mecca
  • He took a huge caravan with him in 1324
  • After that, everyone knew about

the wealth of Mali


A Muslim church is called a Mosque

This is the mosque at Djenne in Mali. It’s built of mud! Click for a movie

what did mali trade
What did Mali trade?
  • Gold

The dotted

lines are trade

routes from

Mali to other

parts of


what else did they trade




Kola Nuts




What else did they trade?

Camels, the ships of the desert, traveled in caravans bringing to Mali:

MiniFact: This was before Columbus even sailed to the New World!

why was salt important
Why was Salt Important?

The man is holding a slab of salt mined recently near Timbuktu

  • Mali often traded its gold for salt
  • Salt was sometimes more valuable than gold!
  • People’s bodies need salt to live
    • In the desert heat, salt is lost through perspiration
  • Salt was used to preserve food
  • Salt was brought in large slabs (coins)

MiniFact: The picture behind these words is also a slab of SALT!

  • A very important city in Mali
    • Center of learning for Muslims
    • Universities and schools
    • Largest trading center in Mali
    • On the Niger River
      • Trade
      • Food
      • Washing


19th century traders in Timbuktu

the griots
The Griots
  • Storytellers were called Griots or djeli
  • They were important people in Mali
  • They told the land’s history
  • Most of what we know about ancient Mali came from the storytellers
  • They were advisors to the kings

This is a 19th century griot of Mali with his instrument

a mali scavenger hunt
A Mali Scavenger Hunt
  • In a scavenger hunt, you go from place to place and gather clues
  • In this hunt, we will go from one place to another on the Internet and gather information!