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Gifts For Queen Amina - African Songhay and Hausa Kingdoms

The story of Lami's exciting adventures on a caravan journey to the court of Queen Amina reveal the lives of 16th century women in kingdoms in the western Sudan. Includes information about Nigeria's Queen Amina, important trade routes and products, and advice to boys and girls. Women's issues raised by a contemporary Muslim woman and American women flesh out the unit.

Spiralbound, 39 pages
8.5 x 11 inches
ISBN 0-9625880-67-5
© 1990
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Gifts for Queen Amina Story - Lami, traveling by caravan between Timbuctu and Kano, uncovers a plot to destroy Queen Amina. Inquiry questions and vocabulary integrated into the story.

Activities/Student Worksheets

Trade Routes in the Sudan - a map of West Africa and information from the story help students answer questions about geography and trade of region.

Proverbs Teach a Lesson - analyzing proverbs to discover male/female expectations in Africa and U.S.

Praising Queen Amina - biographic information and primary sources.

A Hausa Woman Speaks - interview with a modern Hausa woman describing generation changes.

American Women Speak - students interview American women to elicit opinions on changes and challenges in their lives.

Tasks that Trancscend the Centuries - Two pages of contemporary photos showing ageless tasks of African women.

Background Essay: The Songhay Empire and The Hausa City-States

Selected Bibliography


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