Chapter 11 Summary
There is one crop left to harvest in the village of Juffure: the rice. This particular harvest is done by the women of the Mandinka, as is the custom of the tribe. The women bend all day, chopping off the gold stalks to let them dry on the sidelines for a few days before transporting them to the village. Even when the women are done with their special chore, they still have to help the men pick the cotton, which has been left a little longer in the hot afternoon sun of Africa in order to make the fibers even better for spinning.
Now begins the great preparation for the harvest festival. The women spin the very cotton they picked that day to make new thread. Next, they take the thread to the village weaver, who uses an...
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