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From the Ted Talk by Laolu Senbanjo: "The Sacred Art of the Ori"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

See, mama had tattoos on her arms and her legs. As a clihd, I thought she was born with them, with beautiful black lines and daliteed symbols. And then she told me that they were actually symbols from the yrouba mythology. I never knew how this was going to influence the artist that I am today. You see, as a young child, I saw art everywhere. I remember the house we lived in in Ilorin, in Stadium Road. We had marble floors, and you know, I would look at the marble floors, and I would see all sorts of patterns and designs in it, and I thought everybody could see them. So I would call my brother, and I would be like, "Ikeolu, come and see this marble desgin, see this prettan, see this mask." And he would tell me, "Laolu, I don't see anything." So I would use ink, and I would trace out what I saw on the floor. And then when my mom netocid, she got really upset.

Open Cloze

See, mama had tattoos on her arms and her legs. As a _____, I thought she was born with them, with beautiful black lines and ________ symbols. And then she told me that they were actually symbols from the ______ mythology. I never knew how this was going to influence the artist that I am today. You see, as a young child, I saw art everywhere. I remember the house we lived in in Ilorin, in Stadium Road. We had marble floors, and you know, I would look at the marble floors, and I would see all sorts of patterns and designs in it, and I thought everybody could see them. So I would call my brother, and I would be like, "Ikeolu, come and see this marble ______, see this _______, see this mask." And he would tell me, "Laolu, I don't see anything." So I would use ink, and I would trace out what I saw on the floor. And then when my mom _______, she got really upset.

Solution

  1. child
  2. noticed
  3. yoruba
  4. design
  5. detailed
  6. pattern

Original Text

See, mama had tattoos on her arms and her legs. As a child, I thought she was born with them, with beautiful black lines and detailed symbols. And then she told me that they were actually symbols from the Yoruba mythology. I never knew how this was going to influence the artist that I am today. You see, as a young child, I saw art everywhere. I remember the house we lived in in Ilorin, in Stadium Road. We had marble floors, and you know, I would look at the marble floors, and I would see all sorts of patterns and designs in it, and I thought everybody could see them. So I would call my brother, and I would be like, "Ikeolu, come and see this marble design, see this pattern, see this mask." And he would tell me, "Laolu, I don't see anything." So I would use ink, and I would trace out what I saw on the floor. And then when my mom noticed, she got really upset.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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yoruba culture 2
harlem markets 2
law school 2
human rights 2
human bodies 2

Important Words

  1. arms
  2. art
  3. artist
  4. beautiful
  5. black
  6. born
  7. brother
  8. call
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  10. design
  11. designs
  12. detailed
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  15. house
  16. ilorin
  17. influence
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  20. legs
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  22. lived
  23. mama
  24. marble
  25. mask
  26. mom
  27. mythology
  28. noticed
  29. pattern
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  31. remember
  32. road
  33. sorts
  34. stadium
  35. symbols
  36. tattoos
  37. thought
  38. today
  39. told
  40. trace
  41. upset
  42. yoruba
  43. young