Sundiata, Mali's Lion King

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  • Aug 30 2010 12:43 PM

    John Garrett

     

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This ARTSEDGE lesson introduces the legendary Malian king Sundiata Keita, known as the Lion King of Mali, by using elements of traditional Malian festivals. As students learn about Sundiata's thirteenth-century battle to liberate his people from an oppressive ruler, they recreate the story in a masked festival that takes elements from two of the most important Malian ceremonies: the Dama and the Sirige. As students work in groups to design a Sundiata festival, they create character masks based on animals whose qualities mimic the personalities of specific characters in the story. In preparation for this, students research the behavior and habitat of the animals that their masks are based on. Students also explore archetypal patterns seen in myths about heroes such as Sundiata. Less

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    Grade: 5 to 8

    Topics: Theatre, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, History-Social Science, Geography

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