The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

by

William Kamkwamba

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Terms

ADMARC

The Agriculture Development Marketing Corporation, a Malawian government company that sells maize at discounted prices. read analysis of ADMARC

Dambo

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

Dowe

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 analysis of Dowe

Ganyu

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 analysis of Ganyu

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 analysis of Gule Wamkulu
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Kwacha

Malawian currency. read analysis of Kwacha

Mangolomara

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 analysis of Mangolomara

Mphala

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 analysis of Mphala

Nsima

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 analysis of Nsima

Sing’anga

A Malawian witch doctor who can perform curses on people or give them magical strength. read analysis of Sing’anga

Walkman

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