Roots: The Saga of an American Family Chapter 31 Summary

Alex Haley

Chapter 31 Summary

Kunta attends the Council of Elders (held once every moon) as often as he can. Omoro once told Kunta that this is the only way to become wise to village business. In the inner circle sit the oldest elders. Behind them sit the junior elders, such as Kunta’s father. Behind them sit those of Kunta’s age and a bit older. Finally, behind them, the women are allowed to sit. The women attend only when some “juicy gossip” is assured.

Most of the matters decided by the Council of Elders are quite routine: large farm plots for a growing family; new (small) farm plots for newly made men, such as Kunta; small land disputes; payment for broken and borrowed items; accusations of evil magic; slaves accusing masters of cruelty;...

(The entire section is 555 words.)