The Lion King of Mali. Sarah Wood Charlottesville City Schools. Introduction. What is a folktale? How are folktales presented? How long can it take to present a story? How are stories passed from generation to generation? What are African folktales used for?
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Charlottesville City Schools
To explain where stories come from
The hornet, the snake, and the leopard
Bee - captured in a gourd
Snake - tied to a stick
Leopard - catapulted to the sky
After Anansi left with them, the bag snagged on a branch and
and all of the stories escaped and spread over the Earth.
From the Skygod
The stories were passed down orally from friends and family.
A popular trickster character who appears in many tales.
A trickster is a character who uses their wits to help solve problems, and usually plays jokes on the other people or animals in the stories
Irish - leprechauns
Native Americans - trickster coyotes
Northern Europeans - elves and pixies
Farmers, fishermen, and tailors
Made of mud and thatch
Yams, fish, milk, cheese