The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind


William Kamkwamba

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Terms


The Agriculture Development Marketing Corporation, a Malawian government company that sells maize at discounted prices. (read full term analysis)


Fertile, marshy ground with dark black soil and plenty of water. Dambo is the best land for farming and hunting. (read full term analysis)


Green maize, somewhat similar to American corn, the first edible crop of the harvest season. Dowe is often cooked in the field as a treat for the start of harvest time after the hunger season… (read full term analysis)


Day labor or piece work that villagers do to earn money or as a last resort for food when they cannot work on their own farms. (read full term analysis)

Gule Wamkulu

A secret gang of stilt dancers, who legend says are the spirits of ancient ancestors come back to life. The Gule Wamkulu dance at important events for the Chewa people, including funerals and initiation ceremonies… (read full term analysis)
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Malawian currency. (read full term analysis)


A magic ritual, supposed to grant superhuman strength, which involves cutting one’s knuckles and smearing the cut with a paste made of leopard and lion bones. (read full term analysis)


Home for unmarried boys. Boys who are too old to live with their parents but are not yet married and starting families of their own live in a dormitory style building with other boys of… (read full term analysis)


Small dough cakes made from corn flour and water that are the foundation of every meal in Malawi and the mark of a successful Malawian farmer. (read full term analysis)


A Malawian witch doctor who can perform curses on people or give them magical strength. (read full term analysis)


a small blue plastic bag full of enough maize flour to feed one person, often sold in the city markets of Malawi. (read full term analysis)