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7th Grade Humanities students learned about the Mende people, who are located in Sierra Leone.  They specifically learned about the tradition of the Sande Society.  This society welcomed all women and began to formally train its’ members at the onset of puberty.  The elders educated the young women, addressed issues in the community and took them through a rigorous training marking their transition from childhood to adult. Students researched the symbolism of the Sande masks, then created their own mask that might be worn at the Sande Society celebration.

Supporting Documents: Sande Mask

Contacts:  Melanie Malm        Jan Marnocha