African Prime Minister
of Bijapur, c. 1650
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?
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.
Frog Went to Heaven A Tale of Angola – retold by Aaron Shepard
Five stories from the country of Chad along with additional information links on the culture, language, animals, and literature of the country.
Why Does Lion Roar? –
The Ape, the Snake,
and the Lion - Tanzania
Fadhila’s Secret -
The Hare and the Lion
The Hare and the Water – Tanzania
How the Monkeys Saved the Fish – Tanzania
Lion, Chameleon, and
Chicken - Tanzania
The Strange Creature
Why Death is Like a
Banana Tree – Madagascar
The Cruel Creditor and the Judge’s Wise Daughter - Morocco
The Story of Chicken
and Elephant – Sudan
The Dance for Water
or Rabbits Triumph
Does Lion Roar? – Angola
Mongoose Kills Snakes - Angola
The Brother and His
The King’s Drum – Nigeria
How Monkey Stole the Drum
The Talking Goat – Liberia
The Tortoise and the Magic
Drum – Nigeria
The Tortoise and
the Elephant - Nigeria
The Tortoise Captures the Elephant
The Tortoise, the Dog, and the Farmer - Nigeria
Why a Hawk Kills
Chickens – Nigeria
Why the Cat Kills
Rats - Nigeria
Why the Sun and the Stars Receive Their
Light from the Sun - Lagos
African Folk Tales - Forty-two
short stories can be found here.
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.”
Ethiopian Folktales –
Over 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…”
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
Liberia - From the American Folklore Center 43 Liberian folktales,
published in 1919.
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
Folk Stories From Southern Nigeria by Elphinstone Dayrell, 1910 –
Forty folktales at your fingertips.
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.
Kikuyu - Fables and Legends - Kenya - Twelve unique stories from the Kenyan culture and an
interesting article on storytelling customs in Kenya.
The King of the Snakes and Other Folk-lore Stories from Uganda
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.”
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.
The Talking Goat – Lesson plan for the story found in the West Africa section above.
Teaching African History and Cultures Across
Teacher Vision - Activities for African folktales K-5.
Celebrating the Country of India
Country of Turkey
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