African Culture Research Project

Mrs. Templeton's Class

Project Overview

You have been introduced to a literary work by an African writer. To enhance your understanding of this work, you will research different aspects of African culture. This project will be primarily focused on life in Nigeria.


You will be put into pairs. At this point, you will randomly select your research topic. You must keep each other focused on the task at hand because your group grade will reflect each other's effort and participation.

Topics

  • Igbo Tribe/Origin of Igbo People
  • Nigeria
  • Nigerian Folklore
  • European Colonization of Nigeria
  • Tribal Trade/Barter System/Forms of Money
  • Tribal Structure/Family Structure
  • Igbo Food/Shelter/Clothing
  • Igbo Culture
  • Nigerian Naming Ceremonies
  • Tribal Markings of Igbo People
  • Religion/Religious Rites/Rites of Passage
  • Igbo Shamanism/Witchdoctors/Medicine Men
  • Igbo Tribal Masks and their Significance (Who wore them and why?)
  • Nigerian Art

Project Requirements

1. A research paper using MLA format

It must be:


  • 2-3 pages
  • Double Spaced
  • 12-point Font
  • Times New Roman Font



Click here for an example of a correctly formatted MLA research paper and helpful suggestions!

2. Use of MLA format, including:

3. Documentation of Three Different Resources


See below for reliable web resources



We've pulled several book resources for your class. Feel free to go behind the circulation desk and look through them. Remember to check the index in the back of the book to see if it has your topic. When you find one you like, give the card in the back of the book to one of the assistants. When you finish with the book, give the book back to the assistants instead of putting it on the shelf.


Don't forget - Encyclopedias are a great print resource too!


If you don't find a book that is helpful to you, click here to search our library.



Visit the NC WiseOwl link below and follow these steps:


Choose High School Zone

Choose Social Studies on the left

Choose TOPICsearch

The password is wiseowl

Search for your topic

4. A Photo Gallery

You must include at least 5 pictures. Use the web links below for good resources.

5. Note/Source Sheets

You must have at least one note/source sheet per resource. The more information you have, the easier it will be to compose your research paper.

6. PowerPoint Presentation

Your presentation must have 7 slides and you will present it during class.

Reliable Web Resources

Tribal Markings of Igbo People

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Works Cited

"African Masks - Igbo Mask 9 - Igbo Tribe - from GenuineAfrica.com." African Masks - Igbo Mask 9 - Igbo Tribe - from GenuineAfrica.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 May 2013.

"Artfro Gallery Room 5." Artfro Gallery Room 5. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 May 2013.

BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 06 May 2013.

"Countries and Their Cultures." Culture of Nigeria. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 May 2013.

"G. I. Jones -- S.E. Nigerian Art and Culture." G. I. Jones -- S.E. Nigerian Art and Culture. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 May 2013.

Gerson, Mary-Joan, and Carla Golembe. Why the Sky Is Far Away: A Nigerian Folktale. Boston: Little, Brown, 1994. Print.

"Igbo | Kirie Pedersen." Kirie Pedersen. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 May 2013.

"Nigeria Angel - UK Ltd - Ibadan, Nigeria - Consulting/Business Services | Facebook." Facebook. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 May 2013.

"Nigeria." National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 May 2013.

"Odinani: The Sacred Arts & Sciences of the Igbo People." Odinani The Sacred Arts Sciences of the Igbo People. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 May 2013.

"Shamanic Symbols - NgoloVision@shahamaasi.com." Shamanic Symbols - NgoloVision@shahamaasi.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 May 2013.

"TakingITGlobal – Inspire, Inform, Involve." TakingITGlobal. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 May 2013.

"This Is Africa." Tribal Marks – The Fading of the "African Tattoo" N.p., n.d. Web. 06 May 2013.