Keepers of History: Griot and Griottes

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Griots—masters of words and music, Tom Hale calls them in his book, Griots and Griottes—have been around for a millennium. Over time, the griots’ function has changed as society evolved. Once, the male griots and female griottes were historians, genealogists, advisers to nobility, entertainers, messengers, praise singers—the list goes on.

Educational sources

http://news.psu.edu/story/140694/2002/05/01/research/keepers-history

http://www.amazon.com/Griots-Griottes-Masters-Expressive-Cultures/dp/0253219612

http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/486433?uid=2&uid=4&sid=21105324033883

http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/cls/summary/v038/38.4rasmussen.html

Modern Griots

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29162685

http://rasgriot.webs.com/

http://davidadeogun.com/THE-GRIOT-SERIES

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