Century global skills

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Masks and Clothing: Made of wood, these masks bore the faces of animals such as hyenas, lions, monkeys, and antelopes. People wore masks during rituals as they danced around fires. Many African societies were famous for the cloth they wore; the most famous of these cloths is called a kente.It is a hand woven, brightly colored fabric. Kings and Queens in West Africa wore garments made of kente for special occasions.

  • Music and Dance: In many West African societies, music and dance were as important as the visual arts. Singing, drumming, and dancing were great entertainment, but they also helped people honor their history and mark special occasions. Dance has long been a central part of African society, usually used to celebrate specific events or ceremonies.

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