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Faces People, Places, and World Culture for Kids and Children March 2020

In an increasingly global and multicultural world, FACES helps kids understand how people in other countries live. Each issue focuses on a different culture – from Vietnam to Egypt to Haiti – including stories about daily life, folk tales, and engaging articles about history and traditions of the people and their culture. Grades 5-9

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1 min.
high five

1 The Mali Empire reached its height in the 13th century. Its emperors were called mansas, and they controlled the Trans-Saharan trade routes that transported salt and gold. 2 Salt was once so valuable that an ounce of it was worth an ounce of gold. During the time of the Mali Empire, salt was used to preserve meat and season food. It was highly valued in parts of Africa where it did not occur naturally. Saturn, would you like to come greet the sun with me? 3 The Great Mosque of Djenne is the world’s largest adobe building. Located in the city’s large market square, the mosque is actually the third to have been built on that site. 4 The Niger River is Africa’s third-longest river. It begins in Guinea and runs through Mali,…

1 min.
at a glance

OFFICIAL NAME: Republic of Mali LOCATION: Mali is a land-locked country in Western Africa. It is southwest of Algeria, north of Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, and Burkina Faso, west of Niger, and east of Mauritania and Senegal. AREA: 478,800 square miles (1,240,192 square kilometers) CAPITAL: Bamako TERRAIN: mostly flat to rolling northern plains covered by sand; savanna in the south, rugged hills in the northeast POPULATION: 18,429,893 (July 2018 estimate) PEOPLE: Bambara 33.3%, Fulani 13.3%, Sarakole/Sonike/Marka 9.8%, Senufo/ Manianka 9.6%, Malinke 8.8%, Dogon 8.7%, Sonrai 5.9%, Bobo 2.1%, Tuareg/Bella 1.7%, other Malian 6% RELIGION: Muslim 93.9%, Christian 2.8%, Animist .7%, none 2.5% LANGUAGES: French (official), Bambara 46.3%, Peuhl/Foulfoulbe 9.4%, Dogon 7.2%, Maraka/Soninke 6.4%, Malinke 5.6%, Sonrhai/Djerma 5.6%, Minianka 4.3%, Tamacheq 3.5%, Senoufo 2.6%, Bobo 2.1%, unspecified 0.7%, other 6.3% CURRENCY: West Africa CFA Franc…

3 min.
boomslang

The boomslang is an extremely dangerous, venomous snake found south of the Sahara Desert. Its name means “tree snake” in Afrikaans and Dutch. This quick-moving snake is diurnal (active during the day). It lives and hunts mostly in trees. Dangerous Venom Researchers estimate that between one and five million people are bitten by snakes each year. About one-fifth of those bites will result in death. That number is a lot lower than it was 60 years ago. Since then, antivenoms have become more widely available. Consider the case of Karl P. Schmidt. He was an expert herpetologist who worked for the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago. He was used to handling deadly snakes. In 1957, a zoo director gave him a snake to…

4 min.
mali

The Republic of Mali was once part of the Mali Empire, an ancient empire that controlled a large portion of West Africa. A West African prince named Sundiata Keita established the empire in 1235. He united a group of indigenous groups and waged war against the Sosso people who controlled the region at the time. The Mali Empire expanded rapidly and reached its height in the 13th century. Mali’s emperors (called mansas) grew rich and powerful because they controlled the Trans-Saharan trade routes. These routes were used to transport salt from the Sahara Desert and gold from the gold mines of West Africa. At the time, salt was considered as valuable as gold. It was used to preserve meat and season food. Salt was highly valued in other parts of Africa…

1 min.
fast facts

» Rock paintings found in Mali date back to around 50,000 B.C. » The majority of land in Mali is arid or semi-arid and is not suitable for farming. » At its peak, the Mali Empire included parts of Niger, Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea, and The Gambia. » The prime meridian marker runs through Gao, Mali. A person who stands at the marker can place one foot in the eastern hemisphere and one in the western hemisphere. » Malians have an average life expectancy of 59. It is one of the world’s lowest life expectancies.…

2 min.
white gold: the sahara salt trade

During the cool months from October to March, camel caravans arrive in the desert city of Timbuktu every few days. Led by Tuareg and Arab traders, the caravans have traveled from the salt mines of Taoudenni—an oasis in Mali. It’s a trade that has not changed in hundreds of years. You may take salt for granted, but long ago, people in the deserts and forests of Africa could not obtain it easily. Salt was so valuable that one ounce of salt was worth one ounce of gold. Nowadays, each salt caravan has from 60 to 300 camels. Each camel carries four to six slabs of salt, with each slab weighing more than a man. The journey from the salt mines to Timbuktu takes about 15 days. To avoid the hot sun, the caravans…