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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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the lion king of mali

The Lion King of Mali

Sarah Wood

Charlottesville City Schools

introduction
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?
  • Are Africans the only ones who have folktales?
how anansi obtained the skygod s stories
“How Anansi Obtained the Skygod’s Stories”
  • What is the purpose of this folktale?
  • What does Anansi want from the Skygod?
  • What must Anansi bring the Skygod?

To explain where stories come from

The stories

The hornet, the snake, and the leopard

anansi and the skygod continued
Anansi and the Skygod (continued)

Bee - captured in a gourd

Snake - tied to a stick

Leopard - catapulted to the sky

  • How did Anansi capture the animals?
  • What happened to the stories?
  • Where did stories come from (according to this folktale)?
  • How did everyone come to know all of these stories?

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.

tricksters
Tricksters
  • Who is Anansi?
  • What is a trickster?
  • What are some other tricksters that we read about today?

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

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“Talk”
  • Magic is an important part of folktales - it stretches the imagination.
  • Listen to hear about people who live in far away places.
  • What do the people do to earn a living?
  • What kind of homes do they live in?
  • What kinds of food do they eat?
talk continued
“Talk” (continued)
  • How do the people earn their living?
  • What kind of homes do the people live in?
  • What kinds of food do they eat?

Farmers, fishermen, and tailors

Made of mud and thatch

Yams, fish, milk, cheese

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