Friday, April 2, 2021

Celebrating the Country of Scotland

Thomas the Rhymer and 
the Fairy Queen by
Meredith Morris Williams, 1910
"The winter gathered us into one room as it gathered the cattle into the stable and the byre; the sky came closer; the lamps were lit at three or four in the afternoon, and then the great evening lay  before us like a world: an evening filled with talk, stories, games, music and lamplight."
                                                       - Edwin Muir

This is the sixth in my series, highlighting the rich diversity of folktales, fairy tales, legends, and myths from around the world. My hope is that this will make it easier for you to find new and unique tales to add to your repertoire, and in the process, we will learn more about our global neighbors. I encourage you to conduct further research on the specific region and/or culture behind the stories. I also offer some book suggestions, crafts resources, and articles for additional reading on the magical country of Scotland.

At the end of this blog, you will find links to my previous journeys to the continent of Africa, and the countries of Germany, India, Russia, and Turkey. While we may not be able to travel safely just yet we can still explore the world with our imaginations! 

STORY COLLECTIONS

Clan Traditions and Popular Folktales of the Western Highlands and Islands, 1895 You will find stories about faeries, folktales, beast fables, and more between these virtual pages.
https://archive.org/details/clantraditionspo00campuoft/page/n9/mode/2up?view=theater

Folklore and LegendsEngland and Scotland by Charles J. Tibbets, 1894. This volume is a mixture of English and Scottish folklore.
http://tinyurl.com/yhjapjv

The Folktales of the Orkney IslandsThis amazing site offers tales of the trows, sea tales, ghosts, restless spirits, traditions, and history of these beautiful islands.
http://www.orkneyjar.com/folklore/index.html

Mysterious Britain - I know the title reads ‘Britain” but there are stories from Scotland as well, so I decided to include it. Banshees, Black Dogs and Bessie Dunlop are but a few of the folktales and legends from England, Wales, and Scotland. Visit with faeries, selkies, dragons and giants but beware, don’t stay tarry too long in one of the haunted castles.
http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/

The Scottish Fairy Book by Elizabeth W. Grierson, 1910 - “It may interest some of these children to know that when James IV was a little boy, nearly four hundred years ago, he used to sit on his tutor, Sir David Lindsay's, knee, and listen to some of the same stories that are written here:—to the story of Thomas the Rhymer, of the Red-Etin, and of The Black Bull of Norroway.”
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/37532/37532-h/37532-h.htm

Scottish Fairy Tales, Folklore, and Legends by Geoffrey Strahan, 1902 - Stop by and visit with the Minister and the Fairy, The Fisherman and the Merman, or perhaps the The Mermaid Wife, or anyone of the thirty-three tales that await you.
https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=nyp.33433086946641&view=1up&seq=2

Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales - “Art is not only a thing of bound volumes and of exhibitions; and the Scottish peasant has shown perhaps as keen a sense of it--of the story-teller's art…” Words shared by Sir George Douglas in the introduction to this lovely collection of Scottish fairy and folk tales. Printed in 1901 the work is now in the public domain.  
http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/sfft/index.htm

Scottish Folktales and Legends - Forty-six stories from Scotland and the Orkney Islands.
http://oaks.nvg.org/scottish-folktales.html

Scottish Ghost Stories by Elliot O’Donnell, 1911 - Come and meet The Sallow-faced Woman of No, greet The Floating Head of the Benrachett Inn, and have dinner with the White Lady of Rownam Avenue, and many more strangers if you a dare!
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/20034

Wonder Tales from Scottish Myth and Legend by Donald Alexander Mackenzie, 1917. Fairies, friends, and foes fill this volume of stories from mythical Scotland.
https://tinyurl.com/ycxxlnon

INDIVIDUAL STORIES

I have not offered many individual stories below as I usually do as they are already in the above story collections. However, here are three additional tales to add to the offerings.

The Dreammaker – Scotland
Ursilla and Her Selkie Lover
Mallie and the Trow

http://www.katarina-dejan.com/hbd-folk-tales

ARTICLE

The Language of Traveller Storytellers - A brief article on the origin of the Scottish traveling people. https://arts.gla.ac.uk/STELLA/STARN/crit/langtrav.htm

BOOKS

Munroe Library - Scottish Folk, Fairy Tales, and other Traditional Lore - A nice selection of books from the Munroe Library.
https://mcpl.info/staff-picks/Scottish%20Folk%20and%20Fairy-Tale%20Tradition

CRAFTS

Activity VillageMake a Loch Ness Monster, a Teddy Bear Kilt, or your very own tartan. These are just a few of the fun crafts for children to make and take.
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/scottish-crafts

DLTK-KIDS.COMCrafts to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day, bagpiper craft, jigsaw puzzles, and more to celebrate Scotland.
https://www.dltk-kids.com/World/scotland/index.htm

MUSIC

Scottish SongsA collection approximately 200 Scottish songs either written by Scots or about Scotland. This page also has a link to a large collection of Scottish poetry.
http://www.rampantscotland.com/songs/blsongs_index.htm

Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches – A collaborative project of the BBC Scotland, School of Scottish Studies (University of Edinburgh) and the National Trust offering thousands of hours of Gaelic and Scots recordings. The project includes folklore, songs, music, history, poetry, traditions, stories, and other information. A true treasure!
http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/en/

SOMETHING EXTRA

Scotclans.com – This site offers some stories, along with short synopses to enhance further research. There are specific sections on:

Scottish Myths, Folktales and LegendsBackground information on some of Scotland’s famous locations and people.
https://www.scotland.org/features/scottish-myths-folklore-and-legends

The Six Creepiest Creatures from Scottish Folklore – Background information to help you jump start your story research.
https://folklorethursday.com/legends/the-six-creepiest-creatures-from-scottish-folklore/

Trees for Life“Award winning conservation charity dedicated to restoring the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland.” From Alder to Yew, this site offers an array of myths and folklore of the Caledonian Forest that will surely complement an Arbor Day storytelling program. Note: Unfortunately, the original link no longer exists but you may still access the information via the Wayback Machine at this link.
https://web.archive.org/web/20120124135501/http://www.treesforlife.org.uk/forest/mythfolk/index.html

ADDITIONAL CULTURAL RESOURCES

Celebrating the Continent of Africa
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/01/celebrating-continent-of-africa.html

Celebrating the Country of Germany
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/02/celebrating-country-of-germany.html

Celebrating the Country of India
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/01/celebrate-country-of-india.html

Celebrating the Country of Russia
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/03/celebrating-country-of-russia.html

Celebrating the Country of Turkey
https://karenchace.blogspot.com/2017/11/celebrating-country-of-turkey.html

 

 

 

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links.  At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

 

Karen Chace 2021 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.

                                                                     


 






Friday, March 5, 2021

Celebrating the Country of Russia

Ivan Tsarevich Riding a Grey Wolf
by
Viktor Vasnetsov, 1889

"Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity.”Robert Alan Aurthur

This is the fifth in my series, highlighting the rich diversity of folktales, fairy tales, legends, and myths from around the world. I hope it will make it easier for you to find new and unique tales to add to your repertoire, and in the process, learn more about our global neighbors. There are about 120 ethnic groups in Russia, so I encourage you to conduct further research on the specific region and/or culture behind the stories.

At the end of this blog, you will find links to my previous journeys to the continent of Africa, and the countries of India, Germany, and Turkey. While we may not be able to travel safely just yet we can still explore the world with our imaginations! I hope you find something useful and fun to add to your storytelling work or classroom.

STORIES

Alenoushka and Her Brother
http://tinyurl.com/bbxjkgu

Baba Yaga
http://tinyurl.com/brv2dkv

The Enchanted Princess
http://tinyurl.com/ot2pkwg

The Lime Tree – Russia
http://www.learningtogive.org/materials/folktales/LimeTree.asp

The Little Daughter of the Snow - Russia
http://tinyurl.com/dyopzsg


The Lute Player
https://www.learningtogive.org/resources/lute-player

Masha and the Bear - Russian
http://russian-crafts.com/tales/masha.html

The Silver Plate and the Transparent Apple
http://tinyurl.com/pcvr8aw

Sivka-Burka
http://tinyurl.com/a4psurf 

Story of the Duck with the Golden Eggs
http://tinyurl.com/ovfdsjq

The Tale of the Golden Cockerel
http://tinyurl.com/glstjkm

The Tale of Ivan Tsarevich, the Firebird, and the Gray Wolf
https://stpetersburg-guide.com/folk/swolf.shtml

The Tsarevna Frog
http://tinyurl.com/l8vebl 

The Twelve Months – Russia
http://russian-crafts.com/tales/12months.html 

When the Twins Went to War
http://tinyurl.com/y7fmhzxx

STORY COLLECTIONS

Cossack Fairy Tales and Folktales
by Robert Nisbet Bain, 1902 – Bain collected these folktales from Ruthenian, the language of the Cossacks, a language intermediate between Russian and Polish. 

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/29672 

Myths and Folk-Tales of the Russians, ‘Western Slavs, and Magyars by Jeremiah Curtin 1903.
https://archive.org/details/mythsfolktalesof00curtrich/page/n5/mode/2up

The Russian Story Book
by Richard Wilson, 1916. Fifteen tales, several featuring the hero Ilya, others with Nikita the Footless, the Cake-Baker and more. 
http://tinyurl.com/awqvoe2

Russian Tales
Many delightful tales from Russia and the Ukraine and details on Russian traditions from Christmas to weddings.
http://russian-crafts.com/tales.html

Russian Sunbirds
While this site is home to Russian lacquer art it also offers a stunning array of Russian folktales, fairytales, songs, literature and poetry.
https://www.sunbirds.com/texts/themes/

Russian Fairy Tales
The site shares twenty-one fairytales. Most offer both a short and long version, for those who want more details.
http://tinyurl.com/6blpls

Russian Folk-tales by William Ralston Shedden Ralston - Just in time for All Hallows’ Eve. Download this book from 1880, full of myths, legends, and folktales of demons, witches, vampires and ghouls if you dare!  
http://tinyurl.com/28t449c  

The Russian Garland
– Seventeen Russian folktales translated from a collection of chapbooks, circa 1916.
https://archive.org/details/russiangarlandbe00steeiala   

The Russian Story Book by Richard Wilson, 1916. Fifteen tales, several featuring the hero Ilya, others with Nikita the Footless, the Cake-Baker and more.
http://tinyurl.com/awqvoe2

Twenty-Three Tales by Leo Tolstoy, 1907. The book is divided into seven parts and includes tales for children, short stories and Russian folktales.
http://tinyurl.com/n96pfe6

Vampire and Ghost Stories from Russia Six stories to make your blood run cold.
http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/vampire.html

CURRICULUM

Culture Guide: Russia – Grade K-6
http://kennedy.byu.edu/store/samples/russia1el.pdf

Lesson Plan for Masha and the Bear
https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/masha-and-bear new

National Geographic - Russia
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/countries/russia/#russia-st-basils.jpg

Russian History and Culture 
This resource is no longer offered at the original link; however, I was able to locate it via the Wayback Machine. You can still access all of the resources here:
https://web.archive.org/web/20140611073249/http://www.bcps.org/offices/oea/pdf/cultural_heritage/Russian-Heritage-Resource-Packet.pdf

CRAFTS 

Activity Village – Envelope Matryoshka Dolls, Faberge Eggs and more.   
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/russia-crafts

DLTK-Kids - Tigers, and bears, and wolves, oh my! Lots of fun here to keep the little ones entertained. 
https://www.dltk-kids.com/world/russia/

ADDITIONAL CULTURAL RESOURCES

Celebrating the Continent of Africa
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/01/celebrating-continent-of-africa.html

Celebrating the Country of Germany
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/02/celebrating-country-of-germany.html

Celebrating the Country of India
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/01/celebrate-country-of-india.html

Celebrating the Country of Turkey
https://karenchace.blogspot.com/2017/11/celebrating-country-of-turkey.html

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links.  At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

 

Karen Chace 2021 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.

 

 

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Celebrating the Country of Germany

Aschenbroedel (Cinderella)
Hermann Vogel, 1900
"We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color."  Maya Angelou

This is the fourth in my series, highlighting the rich diversity of folktales, fairy tales, legends, and myths from around the world. I hope it will make it easier for you to find new and unique tales to add to your repertoire, and in the process, learn more about our global neighbors.

There are 16 Federal States that make up the Republic of Germany. I encourage you to conduct further research on the specific region and/or culture behind the stories.
I also offer some curriculum and crafts resources, with articles for additional reading on the beautiful country of Germany.

At the end of this blog, you will find links to my previous journeys to the continent of Africa, and the countries of India and Turkey. While we may not be able to travel safely just yet we can still explore the world with our imaginations! I hope you find something useful and fun to add to your storytelling work or classroom.

STORIES

Cat and Mouse in Partnership
http://tinyurl.com/c8uzndv

Gaffer Death
http://tinyurl.com/ot437wm

The Golden Goose
https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/68/fairy-tales-and-other-traditional-stories/5085/the-golden-goose/

The Kind Stepdaughter and the Frog
http://tinyurl.com/mawshhe

The Little Farmer
https://tinyurl.com/yckuo8zf

Mother Holle
http://tinyurl.com/be7fejr

The Old Grandfather and His Grandson
http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm078.html

The Pied Piper of Hamelin
https://tinyurl.com/yxy3z52o 

Poverty and Humility Lead to Heaven
https://www.grimmstories.com/en/grimm_fairy-tales/poverty_and_humility_lead_to_heaven

The Three Dogs 
http://tinyurl.com/qbxjnmj

The Winter Ross
http://tinyurl.com/ybgk8j4y 

COLLECTIONS

Bechstein Fairy Tales You may download this public domain book in several formats, you may also read it online. When you open your selected format, it will appear in German. If you do not read German select ‘translate to English’ in the upper right-hand corner, select ‘translate to English.’
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/63465


Fairy Tales from the German Forests by Frau Arndt Meet the Witch’s Granddaughter, visit Nixey Lake, but beware of the Dragon’s Tail in this public domain book filled with ten delightful tales.
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/30834/30834-h/30834-h.htm

Folk-Lore and Legends by Charles Tibbets, 1892
https://fairytalez.com/author/folk-lore-and-legends-german/

Folk-lore and Legends of Germany by Anonymous, 1892. Water-sprites, dancers, elves, and more are found between the virtual covers of this book.
http://tinyurl.com/zrgykdm

German Folktales and Legends Thirty-three stories await.
http://oaks.nvg.org/german-tales.html

The Grimm Brothers’ Children’s and Household Tales compiled and translated by D. L. Ashliman. The collection offers 210 stories, most with direct links to the stories themselves, along with the Aarne-Thompson-Uther Type, which can be helpful to storytellers.
https://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimmtales.html This is another site that offers links to all the stories from the book. https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~spok/grimmtmp/

CRAFTS

DLTK-kids.com – Crafts connected to the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales, coloring pages, jig saw puzzles, origami, and lots more fun to delight the children at home or in the classroom.
https://www.dltk-kids.com/World/germany/index.htm

CURRICULUM

Home School Den – German curriculum for kids. Lots to unpack her with useful additions for the classroom.
http://homeschoolden.com/2015/08/21/german-curriculum-for-kids/

Teacher Planet: Germany – This site offers worksheets, activities, lesson plans and more.
https://www.teacherplanet.com/content/germany

SOMETHING EXTRA

Seven Myths and Legends You’ll Only Hear in Germany – While the full stories are not in the article there is background information to help with further research.
https://theculturetrip.com/europe/germany/articles/7-myths-and-legends-youll-only-hear-in-germany/

13 Twisted Tales By the Brothers Grimm
https://theculturetrip.com/europe/germany/articles/13-intriguing-fairy-tales-by-the-brothers-grimm/

JSTOR: The Fairytale Language of the Brothers Grimm - How the Brothers Grimm went hunting for fairytales, accidentally changed the course of historical linguistics, and kickstarted a new field of scholarship in folklore.
https://daily.jstor.org/the-fairytale-language-of-the-brothers-grimm/

National Endowment of the Humanities: How the Brothers Grimm Saved the Fairy-Tale
https://www.neh.gov/humanities/2015/marchapril/feature/how-the-grimm-brothers-saved-the-fairy-tale

ADDITIONAL CULTURAL RESOURCES

Celebrating the Continent of Africa
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/01/celebrating-continent-of-africa.html

Celebrating the Country of India
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/01/celebrate-country-of-india.html

Celebrating the Country of Turkey
https://karenchace.blogspot.com/2017/11/celebrating-country-of-turkey.html


Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links.  At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

 

Karen Chace 2021 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.

 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Celebrating the Continent of Africa

Ikhlas Khan
African Prime Minister 
of Bijapur, c. 1650
I have been researching and writing for Storytelling Magazine for 17 years and have amassed many stories from a variety of cultures and I decided to organize the stories by country and/or continent. This is the third in the series and today I am highlighting the continent of Africa. There are 54 countries in the continent of Africa. Conventionally, there are five main geographical regions or subregions in Africa. North, West, Central, East, and Southern. Wherever possible I have placed the stories in their specific subregions.

My hope is that this will make it easier for you to find new and unique tales to add to your repertoire, and in the process, we will learn more about our global neighbors. I encourage you to conduct further research on the specific region and/or culture behind the stories.

At the end of this blog post you will find the previous two countries I have researched and shared, India and Turkey. Who knows where my next stop will be?

STORIES

Let’s begin with one of the stories told in Africa. 

How African Stories Were Born

The mouse goes everywhere into rich people's houses and into the poorest people's houses, too. In the old days, the mouse made stories from all that she saw. Stories were her children. Each story-child had its dress - white, blue, red, green, and black. The stories lived in her house and did everything for her.


One day a sheep ran against the door of the house where the mouse lived. The door was old, and it broke, and all the stories ran out. And now they run up and down over all the earth.

CENTRAL AFRICA

How Frog Went to Heaven A Tale of Angola – retold by Aaron Shepard
http://tinyurl.com/yk8cdjh

Virtual Chad
Five stories from the country of Chad along with additional information links on the culture, language, animals, and literature of the country.
http://www.tchad.org/research/folktales.html

Why Does Lion Roar? – Angola
http://angolarising.blogspot.com/2010/03/african-folklore-why-does-lion-roar.html

EAST AFRICA

The Ape, the Snake, and the Lion - Tanzania
http://tinyurl.com/nky7avl

Fadhila’s Secret - Kenya
https://www.pressherald.com/2013/08/05/fadhilas-secret-a-kenyan-folktale/

The Hare and the Lion – Tanzania
http://www.worldoftales.com/African_folktales/African_Folktale_40.html

The Hare and the Water – Tanzania
https://tinyurl.com/y7uo3nlr

How the Monkeys Saved the Fish – Tanzania
https://afriprov.org/how-the-monkeys-saved-the-fish/

Lion, Chameleon, and Chicken - Tanzania
https://tinyurl.com/ya6hht2m 

The Strange Creature – Zimbabwe
http://tinyurl.com/oy6sz8p 

Why Death is Like a Banana Tree – Madagascar
https://spiritoftrees.org/why-death-is-like-the-banana-tree

NORTH AFRICA

The Cruel Creditor and the Judge’s Wise Daughter - Morocco
http://tinyurl.com/y8gjxurb

The Story of Chicken and Elephant – Sudan
https://tinyurl.com/y99ffwym

SOUTH AFRICA

The Dance for Water or Rabbits Triumph
http://tinyurl.com/y99ccfx 

The Ostrich-Egg Wife
https://www.learningtogive.org/resources/ostrich-egg-wife 

Why Does Lion Roar? – Angola
http://angolarising.blogspot.com/2010/03/african-folklore-why-does-lion-roar.html

Why Mongoose Kills Snakes - Angola
http://tinyurl.com/bolyrnz

WEST AFRICA

The Brother and His Sisters
http://tinyurl.com/bdsyyj2

The Farmer’s Son Becomes a Hunter 
https://tinyurl.com/ycl97zws 

The Hippopotamus and the Tortoise – Nigeria

http://tinyurl.com/ydjd4x8

The King’s Drum – Nigeria
https://tinyurl.com/y6xgnp3g

How Monkey Stole the Drum
http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/storyteller/transcription.htm   

One Man and His Precious Cow - Nigeria
http://tinyurl.com/jpjd8on

The Talking Goat – Liberia
https://tinyurl.com/y5bh4g3c 

The Tortoise and the Magic Drum – Nigeria
https://tinyurl.com/y6sr745c

The Tortoise and the Elephant - Nigeria
http://tinyurl.com/p252edy

The Tortoise Captures the Elephant

http://tinyurl.com/k7ax99r


The Tortoise, the Dog, and the Farmer - Nigeria
http://tinyurl.com/mlfogkc

Why a Hawk Kills Chickens – Nigeria
https://tinyurl.com/yc4wtzlj

Why the Cat Kills Rats - Nigeria
https://tinyurl.com/y7z6f3hv 

Why the Sun and the Stars Receive Their Light from the Sun - Lagos
https://www.surlalunefairytales.com/books/africa/barker/whymoonstars.html

STORY COLLECTIONS

African Folk Tales - Forty-two short stories can be found here.
http://www.english-for-students.com/African-Folk-Tales.html

Conversations With Ghana – West Africa 
Five folktales from the country of Ghana. The site also offers some additional background information useful to teachers who may be exploring this culture with their students.         http://www.ncsu.edu/chass/extension/ghanatalk/folktales.html

Congo Life and Folklore – Within this public domain book you will find thirty-three native stories as told “round the evening fires.”
https://library.si.edu/digital-library/book/congolifefolklor00week

Ethiopian FolktalesOver 300 folktales “…many of which had never before been written down or translated into English. You can also listen to many of the original recordings in the voices of the narrators…” 
http://www.ethiopianfolktales.com/

Felids and Friends
A non-profit organization based in Florida that offers information, articles, quotes and stories and folktales about our fine furry and feathered friends. The following two links will lead you to animal tales. African folktales http://www.felid.org/activities/page_103.htm and Native American legend http://www.felid.org/activities/page_18.htm

Folktales from Liberia - From the American Folklore Center 43 Liberian folktales, published in 1919.
https://tinyurl.com/t3evw63

Folk-tales of Angola – Fifty tales collected and edited by Heli Chatelain, 1894 with Ki-mbundu text, literal English translation introduction and notes: stories of antelope, wolf, turtle, leopard, monkey and much more.
http://tinyurl.com/6f6nt2m

Folk Stories From Southern Nigeria by Elphinstone Dayrell, 1910 – Forty folktales at your fingertips.
https://www.sacred-texts.com/afr/fssn/ 

Kaffir (Xhosa) Folk-Lore
by George McCall Theal, 1886 - From the South African Xhosa people, a scholarly collection of Xhosa tales; part of the cultural heritage of South Africa. 
http://tinyurl.com/742v3cp

Kikuyu - Fables and Legends - Kenya - Twelve unique stories from the Kenyan culture and an interesting article on storytelling customs in Kenya.
http://www.bluegecko.org/kenya/tribes/kikuyu/stories.htm

The King of the Snakes and Other Folk-lore Stories from Uganda
http://tinyurl.com/c7nkznm

South-African Folk-Tales by James A. Honey, M.D. 1910. “This is a collection of South African folklore collected during the 19th century. It includes many great animal tales with classic African wisdom.”
https://tinyurl.com/y7r52e79

West African Folktales by W.H. Barker and Cecilia Sinclair – Children love animal and Anansi stories. This book will help add some new tales to your repertoire. 
https://www.surlalunefairytales.com/books/africa/barker.html

CURRICULUM

Exploring Africa
http://exploringafrica.matrix.msu.edu/curriculum/

The Talking GoatLesson plan for the story found in the West Africa section above.
https://www.peacecorps.gov/educators/resources/talking-goat-lesson/  

Teaching African History and Cultures Across the Curriculum
https://www.edutopia.org/article/teaching-african-history-and-cultures-across-curriculum 

Teacher Vision - Activities for African folktales K-5.
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/folk-tales/activity/3721.html

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Celebrating the Country of India
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2021/01/celebrate-country-of-india.html

Celebrating the Country of Turkey
https://karenchace.blogspot.com/2017/11/celebrating-country-of-turkey.html

 

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links.  At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

Karen Chace 2021 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.

 

 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Celebrating the Country of India


 "A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” Mahatma Gandhi

Shakuntala and her friends
Raja Favi Varma, 1870

A few years ago, I decided to organize all the cultures I have been researching for the National Storytelling Magazine since 2002. I began with the country of Turkey and then life got in the way.  I am revisiting my initial goal and will do my best to stay on track this time around. The good news is that since I dropped the ball, I have amassed many more stories from countless cultures.

My hope is that this will make it easier for you to find new and unique tales to add to your repertoire, resources for your curriculum, books to complement an educational unit, crafts to sprinkle in the fun, and in the process, we will learn more about our global neighbors. I am aware that India has 28 states, each with different cultures. I encourage you to conduct further research on the specific state and/or culture behind the stories.

I would be most grateful if you would leave a comment to let me know if you find this useful. Let’s continue our journey with the country of India.

 
STORY COLLECTIONS

A Flowering Tree and Other Oral Tales from India
The entire book by A. K. Ramanujan is online for generations to read, relish and enjoy.
https://publishing.cdlib.org/ucpressebooks/view?docId=ft067n99wt&brand=ucpress

Dimdima Kids
An online children’s magazine from India with tales of Hodja, Ramen, Birbel, Jataka, Zen and mythological stories. This is one story time you won’t want to end!
http://www.dimdima.com/khazana/storytime.asp

Indian Fairytales by Joseph Jacobs
This complete work from 1912 is now available on line. It offers twenty-nine tales from Eastern India and gorgeous illustrations to complement each story.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/ift/index.htm

Panchatantra Tales
A legendary collection of short stories from India composed in the 2nd century B.C. “The purpose behind the composition was to implant moral values and governing skills in the young sons of the king.”
http://tinyurl.com/23hpacy

Pitara for Kids 
Many fables from the Panchatantra and Aesop, Jataka stories and tales from India's tribal peoples.
http://www.pitara.com/

The Mahabharata and the Ramayana are the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. Both are now found online, and the links are found below. This link is an abridged verse translation of the two longest epic poems in world literature.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/dutt/index.htm 

Stories from Indian Mythology
This site is rich with information and stories on Indian Mythology, offering Jataka Tales, stories from the Panchatantra, Krishna, Shiva and more. Further links share information on Indian terminology, a picture gallery with exquisite portraits of the Gods and a mythology quiz to test your knowledge.
http://members.tripod.com/~srinivasp/mythology/stories.htm

Tales of the Punjab: Told by the People
"Would you like to know how these stories are told? Come with me, and you shall see. There! take my hand and do not be afraid, for Prince Hassan's carpet is beneath your feet. So now! –'Hey presto! And so, it begins...a wonderful collection of Eastern Indian tales with notes to the stories.
https://archive.org/details/talesofpunjabtol00stee

Tales of the Sun or Folktales from Southern India by Mrs. Howard Kingscote and Paṇḍit Naṭêsá Sástrî, 1890 – Twenty-six chapters filled with eclectic folktales.
http://tinyurl.com/m9wtowz

The Talking Thrush and Other Tales of India collected by W. Crooke and retold by W.H. Drouse, 1922. The jackal, tortoise, goat, and monkey are just a few of the animals you will meet in these 43 tales from India.
http://tinyurl.com/jkakm5l

INDIVIDUAL STORIES FROM INDIA

And Elphants Did Fly
http://tinyurl.com/ns7s8bl

The Bearded Fool
http://tinyurl.com/pa6qlgh

The Birds and the Shivering Monkeys 
http://tinyurl.com/j6u9w83

 

The Blind Man and the Elephant
https://www.peacecorps.gov/educators/resources/story-blind-men-and-elephant/

The Dog and the Pig
http://tinyurl.com/3y9z8pk

The Elephants Nose
http://tinyurl.com/p6y62ly

The Farmer’s Present
https://tinyurl.com/y9cy3m5b

The Farmer and the Money Lender 
https://tinyurl.com/yc9szm7v

The Farmer and the Serpent
https://tinyurl.com/yam5lka7

Fearing the Wind

http://spiritoftrees.org/fearing-the-wind

The Gifts of the Grasscutter
http://www.aaronshep.com/stories/018.html

The Golden Fish
http://tinyurl.com/kyrfbee

Good Will Grow Out of Good
http://tinyurl.com/m9wtowz

Great Joy the Ox
https://tinyurl.com/y57uzj9y

Grinding Stone to the Rescue
https://kathakids.com/folktales/grinding-stone-to-the-rescue/

The King and the Drum
https://tinyurl.com/y42obndc

Learning to Act
http://tinyurl.com/jmzo8nl

The Lion and the Crane
http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/ift/ift02.htm 

The Lion’s Share
http://www.pitara.com/talespin/folktales/online.asp?story=91

The Lion’s Wedding 
http://tinyurl.com/yba5v5kt

The King of Compassion
https://tinyurl.com/y4brjlv8

The Miserly Old Woman
https://www.longlongtimeago.com/once-upon-a-time/folktales/the-miserly-old-woman/

The Monkey with the Tom –Tom 
https://tinyurl.com/unja9l6

The Rat’s Wedding
https://tinyurl.com/uocn2j8

Tenali Rama and the Brinjal
http://tinyurl.com/6jo2g4p


The Priest, the Tiger and the Jackal
http://tinyurl.com/ye6qugj

The Son of Seven Queens
http://tinyurl.com/lmhvao9

The Tale of Two Sons
https://www.pitara.com/fiction-for-kids/folktales/a-tale-of-two-sons/

Why the Fish Laughed
http://tinyurl.com/lnfp7jo

BOOKS

Best Children’s Book About India
https://www.rebekahgienapp.com/childrens-books-about-india/

CRAFTS 

Activity Village – Animals, bangles, coloring pages and much more.
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/india-crafts

The Crafty MoonChildren can make their own beautiful oil pastel creations, Indian textiles, Lotus flower sand paintings, Taj Mahal watercolor and more” with suggestions to add to your classroom unit.
https://thecraftyclassroom.com/crafts/india-crafts-for-kids/

CURRICULUM

40 Fun and Interesting Facts About India that Might Surprise You
https://www.globotreks.com/destinations/india/fun-interesting-facts-india/

Interesting Facts About India
https://knowindia.gov.in/my-india-my-pride/interesting-facts-about-india.php

PBS.org – The Story of India: Six units on the country of India. The lessons are designed for high school students but can be adapted for lower grades as well.
https://www.pbs.org/thestoryofindia/teachers/lessons/

ADDITIONAL CULTURAL RESOURCES

Celebrating the Country of Turkey 
https://karenchace.blogspot.com/2017/11/celebrating-country-of-turkey.html

 

Please note, websites change at a rapid pace and weblinks may change or break without notice. I cannot be responsible for redirected or broken links.  At the time of this posting all links were in working order. Thank you for understanding.

Karen Chace 2021 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission, please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.