Carved wooden masks, musical instruments made from large gourds, dancers, singers, and storytellers are all part of Senegal’s rich culture. This culture stretches back to the ancient Ghana, Mali and Songhai empires of West Africa, which thrived between the 500s and the 1500s A.D. The country is a land of sandy plains, which give way to a rich forest in the southern Casamance region.
During the summer season, ocean winds bring tropical rains, which turn the parched earth green. Most people live in rural areas and are relatively poor farmers or herders. They grow millet, cassava, and rice...More