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African Rainsticks: Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

This is a cross-curriculum lesson teaching about African culture through literature, music, and art.

Suzanne Magnee

on 24 April 2013

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Transcript of African Rainsticks: Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

Kapit Plain Kapit Plain is located in Kenya, Africa. Plains are very flat and dry. Although it doesn't rain much in the plains there are variety of plants and animals that live there. Acacia trees are found in
warm and tropical regions The wildlife in Kenya is diverse. There are elephants, giraffes, lions, rhinoceroses, zebras, antelope, buffalo, cheetahs, leopards, crocodiles, eagles, ostriches, storks, and more. Let's hear the story
of how the rain was brought to Kapiti plain South American Rainsticks In the story of Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain we learned a folktale of how on boy made it rain. Folktales are legends that are not usually true. Africa is a very dry place in the plains. Instead of an arrow rainsticks have been used by native African tribes to "summon" the rain during a drought. A drought is a time when there is very little rain. Rainsticks are made from a dried out cactus.The cactus prickers are pushed inside of the dried out catus. Seeds or pebbles are added to create the sound of rain. What are some ceremonies you celebrate?
Do any of these ceremonies use musical instruments? Bringing The Rain to Kapiti Plain African Rainsticks Silhouette A silhouette is a solid shape of black color that shows a specific object. The object appears black because you are seeing the shadow side that the sun cannot reach. This is a photograph where we see silhouettes.
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